Twitter Reacts to Lea Michele’s ‘Funny Girl’ Casting

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Twitter Reacts to Lea Michele's 'Funny Girl' Casting

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As of today, the history of American pop culture will be divided into two parts: before Lea Michele was cast on Broadway Funny girl resuscitation and after. On Monday, the Broadway production announced that former Gleek would replace Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice, causing a fuss on Twitter joy Memes and hot takes.

Lea Michele has applied for a leading role Funny girl for years since she sang “Don’t Rain on My Parade” in the midseason finale of season one joy in 2009. Her character on the show, Rachel Berry, even starred in a Broadway revival of the musical, and when Michele posted the casting announcement to Instagram, she wrote, “A dream come true is an understatement.” But Michele’s inevitable casting quickly split the internet into different camps: those who love it, those who love a good meme, and those who see it as yet more proof that Cancel Culture is a myth.

When it was first announced that Feldstein would be playing Fanny Brice on Broadway, Lea Michele was trending on Twitter as people imagined she would be jealous of losing the role. Now, just a few months later, Feldstein announced her departure on Sunday Funny girl Revival ahead of schedule, writing on Instagram that “the production has decided to take the show in a different direction.” And less than 24 hours later, Michele landed the gig. The drama. Not only that, but Feldstein’s co-star Jane Lynch, who famously played Coach Sue Sylvester joy alongside Michele for six seasons, also announced that she would be leaving the show the day before Michele debuted on September 6, rather than at the end of the month as previously announced. It’s really a result of joy come to life.

Those not interested in Michele or plays are only here for the jokes. “Lea Michele made a deal with the devil so she could be there Funny girl on Broadway…She’s like Ariel, but instead of trading in her voice, she traded in the ability to read,” she tweeted @freyabwg. (Who else remembers the “Lea Michele can’t read” conspiracy theory from 2018?)

Meanwhile, others expressed their disappointment that Michele appeared to have emerged unscathed from reports of toxic behavior on set. In 2020 some of Micheles joy Co-stars spoke out about alleged abusive behavior they suffered on the set of the music show. Samantha Ware, who appeared last season, accused Michele of “making my first TV gig a living hell” on Twitter. “I think you told everyone that if you had the chance you would ‘shit in my wig!’ among other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood.” Michele apologized at the time, saying while she couldn’t recall those comments, “I clearly acted in a way that hurt other people has.” Heather Morris, who also co-starred joyHe admitted that Michele was “uncomfortable working with him.” Michele was also called in by Gerard Canonico, who continued to work with her as an understudy spring awakening.

Michele has kept a low profile following the spate of toxic behavior allegations and only recently returned to the spotlight to celebrate the anniversary spring awakening. Now are some calling out her invitation to return to Broadway and wonder if she has actually changed. About an hour after Michele’s casting was announced, Goods Expressing her pain and desperation at the situation, she wrote on Twitter: “Yes I’m online today. yes i see you all Yes, I am interested. Yes, I am affected. Yes, I am human. yes i am black Yes I was abused. Yes, my dreams were spoiled. Yes, Broadway sticks to white people. Yes, Hollywood is doing the same. Yes, silence is complicity. yes i am loud Yes, I would do it again.”

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