Lea Michele addresses rumour she can’t read in the best way: ‘I’m screaming’

Lea Michele in a graduation cap and gown

Lea Michele just threw petrol on the conspiracy theory that she can’t read while making her TikTok debut.

The theory dates back to a 40-minute video by the creators of the One More Thing podcast, who detailed allegations in Naya Rivera’s biography that Michele refused to improvise on the Glee set.

They compiled more ‘evidence’ that Lea Michele can’t read, such as her not doing her own signature and having her lines fed to her.

It’s since become a staple of the absurd celebrity conspiracy theory canon, gaining new life when Michele returned to the headlines with her debut in Broadway’s Funny Girl.

Now, Lea Michele has joined TikTok, and she’s already poked fun at rumours.

Michele’s first TikTok sees her her lip-syncing to her own rendition of “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, which she sang on Glee years before winning the lead in Funny Girl.

As the views rolled in their millions, Michele posted a follow-up, this time lip-syncing to a Keeping Up With The Kardashians clip of Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, who says “Hi how is it?”, and a tearful Kim Kardashian, who replies: “It’s amazing but wait can you talk for a sec.”

She captioned the post “calling Jonathan [Groff] to read me the comments on my first TikTok”.


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♬ original sound – Kardashian Clips


“Lea I’m screaming,” wrote one fan. Another said: “Lea Michele wins the internet today ?” Even Grindr joined in, commenting: “Help.”

Lea Michele addressed the conspiracy theory for the first time in an interview with The New York Times in September.

She said: “I went to Glee every single day; I knew my lines every single day. 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.”

Over the years fans have compiled more and more alleged evidence, including multiple compilation videos of Michele never reading the winner of awards she is co-presenting.

And of course, there has been meme after meme about the entire “can’t read” situation, including the use of a certain photo of Lea Michele indicating you haven’t read something.

Whether Lea Michele continues to play off the conspiracy theory remains to be seen, although from the 1.4 million likes on her latest TikTok, it seems to have been a hit with fans.