Lea Michele is spending her days in COVID-19 quarantine like most of us: on social media. However, the Glee Alum is also taking the opportunity to claim that she is illiterate.
Michele, 36, had to temporarily step back from performing in Broadway’s Funny girl due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, and joined the popular video app TikTok during her downtime. In a new video, the actress joked about the viral rumor that she doesn’t know how to read or write.
“It’s great but wait, can you talk for a second?” Michele lip-syncs for the camera, reenacting Kim Kardashian’s dialogue from an old episode Keeping Up With the Kardashians, in which the model and mogul are visibly upset while on vacation. The star added the caption, “Calling Jonathan to read me the comments on my first TikTok,” implying that she needed her best friend Jonathan Groff to read the comments for her.
Michele officially responded to the strange rumor about her illiteracy in an interview with the New York Times earlier this month. The actress revealed that she believes the criticism is rooted in misogyny.
“I went to that Glee each and every day; I knew my lines every day,” she told the Times. “And then there’s a rumor online that I can’t read or write? It is sad. It really is. I often think that if I were human, a lot of that wouldn’t be the case.”
Fellow actress Jameela Jamil also recalled, posting that he can make fun of someone’s reading or writing ability.
“I see a lot of people claiming that a certain actress can’t read … and then laughing at her. Whatever question you have with someone, and I don’t know this woman, or anything about her, but at laugh at the idea of *Anyone* not being able to read makes you look like a faggot,” wrote Jamil. “The elitist, talented bore. Shame on you, not them.”
In the caption, Jamil advised followers not to “let the debris of your bullets mean to share… meet those you weren’t aiming for. Some people can’t read because of disabilities, learning disabilities, not others can because of lack of access to education. Your words and actions affect them too.”
Michele’s latest TikTok video was the second she posted on the platform. She had her first duet with another TikTok user, in which they both lip-synced to Michele’s own voice as she performed music. Funny girliconic song, “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Dressed in cozy pajamas and using a hairbrush as a fake microphone, Michele pretended to ham it up for the audience, clearly stuck at home.
“Obviously can’t wait to get back on @funnygrlbwy next week,” Michele captioned the video, again referencing her COVID diagnosis.
The IS Glee alum took over the role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival earlier this month after leaving the role Booksmart starring Beanie Feldstein.