Rachel Barry cannot catch a break (which, I guess, tends to happen when you act like a sociopathic, privileged asshole around people in your industry). The shitstorm continues to rain down on the former HelloFresh spokesmodel and red carpet snub-ee, Lea Michele, who, after a week of being called out by former co-stars for racism, bullying and just general fuckery, is now standing accused of transphobia by model Plastic Martyr AND of calling former co-worker and actress, Monica Moskatow, “ugly”.
There really is nothing like an impending global apocalypse that manages to bring all the repressed memories to the yard. And that’s exactly what’s happening in the ongoing saga that is Lea Michele’s history of shitty behavior. Let’s break these two separate incidents down one at a time:
Plastic claims on Instagram that Lea bullied her and made her feel like a “circus freak” at the 2010 Emmy Awards (which would have been just after the first season of Glee. Plastic, who at the time was in the early stages of transitioning, recalled an incident that happened between the two of them when they crossed paths in the bathroom.
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This was my experience with #leamichele this isn't to start hate or cancel someone's career. It's to hopefully open people's eyes up to the horrible transphobia that exists but no one really talks about. The press doesn't cover transgender stories or trans people, our experiences often go ignored. Trans people aren't the enemy, and we aren't the punchline to your jokes. Since the rest of the world tries to silence us it's our job to use our voices and share our stories and experiences. Hopefully one day soon people will start to understand and respect trans people instead of villainizing or mocking us.
And on Thursday, actor and RuPaul’s Drag Race queen, Willam, left a comment on Lea’s most recent Instagram post, claiming that she was ALSO an asshole to HIM. Honestly, the list of people who Lea hasn’t been a monster to is probably shorter.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Us Weekly reports that Monica also shared her own horror story in the comments section of Instagram, this one involving that time in 2009 when she was hired to perform as a Rachel Berry lookalike at a high school party––again, around the time of the very first season of Glee. And Cory Monteith, the future boyfriend of Lea, managed to swoop in and save the day.
“September 2009 I was hired to work at the premiere party for Glee at a high school. They hired lookalikes of the shows characters to perform at the party. I was the Rachel Berry lookalike,” Monica said.
“I didn’t know my character was the lead let alone who played her,” she continued. “When the actors arrived at the event and found out there were lookalikes of them Lea came searching for me. When she saw me she said, ‘oh my god! Could they have picked someone uglier!’”
Moskatow wrote that Monteith “saw the look on my face and said, ‘don’t listen to her she’s just jealous, you’re beautiful.’” She added, “I never forgot that.”
It really is a shame that HelloFresh dissolved their working relationship with Lea the second those first accusations came out because you know that she is terrified to leave the house to get groceries. By now, any assistant she may have had has probably quit. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if, in a few days, her former HelloFresh delivery driver came out with a story about the time Lea chased him down her driveway, throwing bruised bananas at him while shouting, “Do you know who I am?”