Lea Michele Addresses Rumor She Can’t Read In Self-Deprecating TikTok

Lea Michele made her TikTok debut this weekend with a little bit of self-deprecating humor.

The “Glee” actor joined the video sharing platform Sunday with a brief clip of herself lip-syncing to her personal recording of “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Hours later, she unveiled a second video wherein she poked enjoyable on the weird running-joke-slash-conspiracy-theory that she will be able to’t learn or write.

In the clip, a distraught-looking Michele could be seen making a faux telephone name as a recording of Kim Kardashian, circa 2017, is performed.

“Calling Jonathan to read me the comments on my first TikTok,” a caption on the video reads, referring to Michele’s “Spring Awakening” co-star and longtime pal Jonathan Groff.

Michele has been dogged by jokes about her supposed illiteracy since 2017, when popular culture podcasters Robert Ackerman and Jaye Hunt delved right into a memoir written by the late actor Naya Rivera, who co-starred with Michele on “Glee.” The pair took observe of a phase within the ebook wherein Rivera recalled Michele’s refusal to improvise with actor Tim Conway throughout the filming of a “Glee” episode that had aired three years earlier.

Noting that Michele by no means publicly responded to Rivera’s accusation within the ebook, Ackerman and Hunt jokingly questioned whether or not she was capable of learn in any respect ― and since then, (principally) tongue-in-cheek allegations of Michele’s illiteracy have continued to gain traction on social media.

Nonetheless, the actor’s willingness to take part within the gag by way of TikTok caught lots of her followers abruptly, on condition that she’d blasted the rumor as sexist in an interview with The New York Occasions final month.

Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele.

Bruce Glikas by way of Getty Pictures

“I went to ‘Glee’ every single day; I knew my lines every single day,” she stated on the time. “And then there’s a rumor online that I can’t read or write? It’s sad. It really is. I think often if I were a man, a lot of this wouldn’t be the case.”

It’s gearing as much as be a busy fall for Michele, who returned to Broadway this month for the primary time in practically 15 years within the revival of “Funny Girl.” In a extremely controversial forged shake-up, Michele changed Beanie Feldstein within the coveted function of Ziegfeld Follies comic Fanny Brice.

Michele’s debut efficiency on Sept. 6 was met with crucial reward and 7 standing ovations. However she examined constructive for COVID-19 simply days later, and needed to bow out of 10 days of reveals. She’s slated to rejoin the corporate this week.