‘Glee’ and ‘Scream Queens’ star Lea Michele can indisputably act, sing, and dance, but can she read?
Lea Michele, star of Glee and Scream Queens, can act, sing, and dance, but can she read? That’s what the internet is asking after hosts of the queer podcast One More Thing introduced a wild new theory via Facebook live: Lea Michele is illiterate. And she’s allegedly been hiding it from us this whole time.
The good folks at One More Thing stress that they’re die-hard Lea Michele fans. The video delves into passages from the autobiography of Michele’s Glee costar Naya Rivera, which claim that Michele could only learn her lines by hearing them, as well as being unable to read music (to be fair, that’s an elusive skill). The One More Thing team also points to Michele’s extensive use of emojis on social media posts, which are purportedly written by her assistant.
Twitter users took this theory and ran with it:
THE COMMENTS ON LEA MICHELE’S INSTAGRAM. IM NEVER LEAVING THIS HELLSITE pic.twitter.com/y4o0oSsIjE
— 〄 (@kevinruddvevo) March 22, 2018
me: there's no way I can sit through this 40 minute video
me bursting into my sisters room at 3am: ok so let me get you started!! lea michele can't read!! she is illiterate!!! other people have been writing her captions for her because she literally cannot rea- pic.twitter.com/VQ3S00dAqX
— naomi (@enjolrascriss) March 22, 2018
lea michele’s assistant going on twitter to this mess pic.twitter.com/Ld1oWSb9pt
— kaele (@enjrolras) March 22, 2018
do ppl really think the lea michele illiterate jokes are offensive? Guys she’s not gonna get offended she can’t even read them
— MOVED TO @ofdeadpoets (@bwayalbie) March 22, 2018
Some people pointed out that joking about illiteracy can be ableist at worst and elitist at best. Others thought the video was mean-spirited.
One More Thing was quick to clarify:
Soon, even Michele’s former costars and director Ryan Murphy engaged in the fun:
— Darren Criss Army (@DarrenArmy) March 23, 2018
@LeaMichele, they are onto us.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 23, 2018
The theory eventually reached Michele, who found it amusing but made a clarification:
Loved READING this tweet and wanted to WRITE you back😛 literally laughing out loud at all this😂 love you!!! 😘❤️ https://t.co/YMHj4LCZaf
— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) March 22, 2018
Regardless of literacy, there’s no disputing that the actress is a superstar. Lea, if you’re reading this… wait… actually… never mind. Awkward.