Lea Michele spends her days in COVID-19 quarantine like most of us: on social media. However, the Joy The alum also uses the opportunity to mock rumors that she is illiterate.
Michele, 36, had to take a temporary step back from Broadway’s appearances Funny girl due to a COVID-19 diagnosis and joined popular video app TikTok during its shutdown. In a new video, the actress joked about the viral rumor that she can’t read or write.
“That’s amazing, but wait, can you talk for a minute?” Michele lip-syncs for the camera, reenacting Kim Kardashian’s dialogue from an old episode of it Keeping Up With the Kardashians, in which the model and mogul is visibly upset while on vacation. The star added the caption, “Calling Jonathan to read the comments for me 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 emphasized that she believes the criticism is rooted in misogyny.
“I went Joy every day; I knew my lines every day,” he said Times. “And then there’s a rumor on the internet that I can’t read or write? It’s sad. It really is. I think often if I were a man, a lot of that wouldn’t apply.”
Fellow actress Jameela Jamil also weighed in, stating that he is apt to joke about a person’s ability to read or write.
“I see a lot of people who claim that a certain actress can’t read… and then laugh at her. Whatever your issue is with someone, and I don’t know this woman, or anything about her, but they laugh at the idea. *Anyone* who can’t read makes YOU look like a prick,” wrote Jamil. “An elitist, ableist fed up. It’s embarrassing for you, not them.”
In the caption, Jamil advised followers not to “let the debris of your bullets that were meant for some… hit those you didn’t target. Some people can’t read because of disabilities, learning disabilities, some can’t because of lack of access to education. Your words and actions affect them too.”
Michele’s latest TikTok video was actually the second she posted on the platform. Her first was a duet with another TikTok user in which they both lip-synced to Michele’s own voice while performing Funny girlhis iconic song “Don’t Rain on My Parade”. Dressed in cozy pajamas and using a hairbrush as a fake microphone, Michele pretended to hit it off for the audience while clearly stuck at home.
“Definitely looking forward to getting back on @funnygrlbwy next week,” Michele captioned the video, again referencing her COVID diagnosis.
The Joy The alum took on the role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival earlier this month after the role was licensed by Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein.