Hedwig and the Angry Inch star Darren Criss made a public apology early Friday (June 26) on Facebook after making an off-color remark during a June 23 performance of the Broadway musical.
After the show, some audience members and fans expressed distaste over Criss’ comment: “Man, woman, moman, wan, Bruce Jenner — whatever you are.”
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The former Glee star took to social media with this heartfelt apology:
“I want to sincerely apologize to Caitlyn Jenner, all transgender people, and anyone who was offended for my words on stage during Tuesday evening’s performance. In no way do the remarks reflect my personal belief system or my support for transgender people. However, I do realize the severity of the comment and the weight that words can carry and for that, I take full responsibility. I commend Caitlyn on her strength and for spreading acceptance around the globe. I have been and remain a proud and unwavering ally of the LGBTQIA community, and will continue to walk alongside my friends on the road to full equality and acceptance.”
Since playing a gay character on Glee — and now portraying the gender-queer Hedwig on Broadway — Criss has been an active presence in the fight for equal rights in the LGBT community.