Former Glee star Darren Criss made a Facebook apology to Caitlyn Jenner after an audience member noted via twitter the comments Criss made during his performance of Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
“Tonight, Darren Criss, as HEDWIG said, ‘Man, woman, moman, wan, Bruce Jenner, whatever you are,” Marc Lacognata tweeted. “And it was very distasteful.”
Though the line, “Man, woman, moman, wan” comes from the musical, Criss was accused of transphobia.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
The straight actor gained fame by playing Chris Colfer’s love interest Blaine on Glee.
“I think it’s more empowering to everybody, including myself, if I’m articulate about identifying myself as a straight male playing a gay character,” he told Out magazine in 2011. “Ultimately, that’s more powerful for both communities.”