Cruise Control

Here’s why the gay internet feels bad for John Travolta

· Updated on June 18, 2024

John Travolta’s decade-old antics just resurfaced on the internet, and they have the gays shaking their heads.

Back in 2015, everyday Florida citizen Justin Jones was working out late at night, when a fellow Planet Fitness patron approached him around 3 a.m. It was none other than Travolta, looking to spark up a conversation.

“‘Hi I’m John,’ he said. That’s exactly how it happened,” Jones recounted to ABC News. “I said, ‘Yeah, I know who you are!’”

“We had a fairly long conversation,” Jones continued, saying they chatted for 15 minutes, during which he told Travolta he’d been watching episodes of the actor’s early-career sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

“He seemed very flattered by that,” Jones said. “He asked a lot of questions about if I was married and If I had kids. The time just flew by.”

Jones and Travolta got a selfie together, which Jones quickly uploaded to social media as a surprise for his wife.

“I went on my Facebook and posted it as my profile pic,” he said. “She asked, ‘What the hell happened last night?'”

The whole interaction is bizarre, even in straight circles — but for the gays, the situation immediately read as a textbook case of cruising. Who knows what Travolta was actually after? He might simply have been looking from some friendly conversation. But if he were trying to pick up Jones as the gay internet is theorizing, it would be a sad example of how fame (and being in the closet) gets in the way of casual hookups.

Others think Travolta wasn’t cruising at all, but attempting to recruit for the Church of Scientology, which he’s been a member of since the ‘70s.

In either case, his attempt at (alleged) seduction fell flat, which is perhaps the saddest part of all.

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