The Responsibility of Being A Presenter
Let me start out by saying this; I know John Travolta has dyslexia. Okay, with that being said I will now explain why that does not excuse him for not pronouncing Idina Menzels’ name correctly.
Since he is aware of his dyslexia, he should have prepared for his introduction. As a professional actor (for many years now), he should have developed a system or technique to memorize lines and lyrics. This was not a surprise introduction, so he would have had access to the text weeks before the event. Plenty of time to learn the name of the performer he was going to introduce. And just for the record, he did receive compensation for presenting. Presenters receive a gift bag worth over 50k. Pretty good pay for a few lines.
I have been responsible for the introductions of performers at various events and I made it a point to learn the correct pronunciation of their names. Granted, I am not dyslexic, but when I had a difficult time pronouncing a name I would take the time to find out how. These events were no where close to the grandeur of the Oscars and I never saw a 50k gift bag, but I understood my responsibility.
As a performer I know that when you are already nervous, something like hearing your name mispronounced can affect your performance. This was Idina Menzel’s first time performing at the Oscar’s. She was undoubtedly already nervous and the mistake may have added to those nerves. She was amazing, but her nervousness was apparent. Mr. Travolta’s job was to set Idina Menzel up for success and he failed to do so.
Now I do not agree with all the bashing he is getting because of his mistake, but I do believe he owes Ms. Menzel an apology. This was a big event for her and although many viewers knew her name there were many who did not. She should have gotten the recognition she deserved. I believe that is one of the things you learn in The Church of Scientology; You are responsible for your actions. You have to own your mistakes. I hope Mr. Travolta apologises to Ms. Menzel, in private at the very least.
That is just my humble opinion.