Is Lea Michele Illiterate? Here’s Why The Internet Has Brought Back *That* 2018 Conspiracy Theory

Ever since Glee took over our TV screens—and tarnished certain beloved songs—Lea Michele continues to be one of the show’s names we’ll never forget. And now, the actress is on everyone’s lips yet again.

Thanks to her onscreen performance of Barbra Streisand’s “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, it’s long been debated that Michele should take on Streisand’s iconic role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical, Funny Girl. But as we know, the pile of racism allegations against Michele by previous co-stars, who claim she used “micro aggressions” against people of colour on set, have seen her disappear from the public eye.
Following the controversy surrounding the actor, it’s theorised that it was reason why Booksmart‘s Beanie Feldstein was chosen to lead the latest production of Funny Girl instead.

Coincidentally, a HBO documentary to celebrate 15 years since Spring Awakening took to Broadway, was released on the same day as Funny Girl‘s opening night.

Naturally, Twitter joked that the double-up was the work of the Glee alum. But why? Well, Michele took part in some very, uh, interesting interviews to promote the documentary, leaving the internet to believe that she did so to distract from Funny Girl.
But it was one of those interviews which has garnered the most attention online. In the interview, Michele explains how she showed Spring Awakening co-star (and real-life BFF Jonathan Groff) her private area with a desk lamp to “give him an illustrative lesson and satisfy his curiosity in the female anatomy as a gay man with no practical knowledge of its particulars”.

Of course, the internet was set ablaze and an old (and hilarious) theory about Michele’s literacy—or lack thereof—was resurrected.

The theory itself may not be new, but it’s been brought back to life on Twitter, simply because of how wild it is. For those who need a refresher, back in 2018, Twitter was sent into a tailspin after a 40-minute video was released, titled ‘Lea Michele Is Illiterate’.

Created by Jaye Hunt and Robert Ackerman for their podcast One More Thing, the video has since been taken down but thanks to TikTok user @kelseylikesthings, they summarised the entirety of the video.

According to TikTok, the old video theorised that because Michele spent her childhood on Broadway, she was thrown into fame and apparently wouldn’t have had time to go to school to learn how to read and write.

The claims also insinuate 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.

Another popular theory claims that her assistant has control over her social media, with fans arguing that whenever her Instagram captions are made up of only emojis, it’s written by Michele and when there’s a sentence, it’s her personal assistant.

Fans have also called out photos of Michele signing books, pointing out that her pen never touches the page, and hovers above it. And as for her book, Brunette Ambition, fans also explained that the work is limited on words and is filled with mostly photos, recipes and workouts.

Don’t believe us? Check out the TikTok video below for the rest of the theories.

Of course, there’s no confirmation on the theory, simply just speculation.

In fact, Michele herself even addressed the theory back in 2018, sharing a tweet where she laughs it off.

“Loved READING this tweet and wanted to WRITE you back. Literally laughing out loud at all this. Love you!!,” she wrote in a tweet, which no longer exists after she deleted the platform in 2020.

Well, there you have it. Despite being denied by Michele herself, the internet still isn’t convinced that the theory isn’t true. But will we ever truly know? Likely not.

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