Lea Michele is a TikTok girlie now. The Broadway star has been busy making videos on the social media platform to address the conspiracy theory that she is illiterate, after people speculated that she can't read or write.
For context, the internet became extremely interested in a theory that surfaced back in 2018. Created by Jaye Hunt and Robert Ackerman for their podcast One More Thing, they published a 40-minute video, titled 'Lea Michele Is Illiterate', which claimed that the Glee alum has never been able to read or write.
The video theorised that Michele wasn't literate because she found fame on Broadway at a very young age, claiming that she apparently wouldn't have had time to go to school to learn how to read and write. They also insinuated that the reason Michele tends to only appear in Ryan Murphy's productions is because he agreed to feed her lines on set, making it easier for her to remember.
Of course, none of these rumours have ever been confirmed, however, the internet won't drop the joke because Michele hasn't exactly denied them—she just simply hasn't directly answered the question when asked.
Using audio of a tearful Kim Kardashian in Keeping Up With The Kardashians, she paired the TikTok with a joke about relying on her best friend and fellow Glee alum, Jonathan Groff, to read her comments.
"Calling Jonathan to read me the comments on my first TikTok," the text in the video reads, with the caption being a simple "lol", paired with three tongue-in-cheek emojis.
But why did Michele decide to poke fun at the rumours? Well, after she posted her first TikTok video—a duet where she reenacts her opening number in Funny Girl—there were a bevy of comments about her rumoured illiteracy.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Michele spoke about the conspiracy theory, yet never confirmed or denied the rumour. Instead, she deflected the commentary and called out the "sad" realities of the different standards male and female celebrities are held against.
"I went to Glee every single day; I knew my lines every single day," she told the publication. "And then there's a rumour 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."
Do the illiterate theories make sense if she's making TikTok's while in quarantine? Who knows. Either way, Michele's living by the mantra: if you can't beat them, join them.