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.
LEA MICHELE IS ILLITERATE
LEA MICHELE IS ILLITERATE (theory starts at 4:38, before that we just don't understand how facebook live works) A full transcript of this video is available at https://tinyurl.com/leatranscript. Slowly but surely adding captions! Follow up videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUMDmAD_frmHzDsTf36nAWqSFQ7d1l45k www.patreon.com/onemorethingPosted by One More Thing Podcast on Sunday, July 23, 2017
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:
i left for 40 minutes and im back to say that LEA MICHELE IS ILLITERATE— kendall (@bwaykendall) March 22, 2018
me: this lea michele can’t read thing is fake surely— 🐒B.A.M🍌 (@taehyunganti) March 22, 2018
me 30 mins into the conspiracy video: what the fuck
me: there's no way I can sit through this 40 minute video— naomi (@enjolrascriss) March 22, 2018
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
do ppl really think the lea michele illiterate jokes are offensive? Guys she’s not gonna get offended she can’t even read them— carter birthed today (@JoshDramaNerd) March 22, 2018
dear parents— love, hal (@bluegreenfelds) March 22, 2018
just because your child is smiling at their phone doesn’t mean they have a bf or gf. maybe they’re just watching a 40 minute facebook live where two gays attempt to prove that lea michele can’t read.
imagine being lea michele and noticing that you're trending on twitter only to discover it's because someone started a rumor that you're illiterate— love, hal (@bluegreenfelds) 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:
The theory eventually reached Michele, who found it amusing but made a clarification:
Regardless of literacy, there's no disputing that the actress is a superstar. Lea, if you're reading this... wait... actually... never mind. Awkward.