Darren Criss Apologizes for Caitlyn Jenner Remark During ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

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Darren Criss apologized after audience members complained about a remark he made about Caitlyn Jenner on Tuesday while performing the volatile titular role in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

During the performance, Criss allegedly said, “Man, woman, moman, wan, Bruce Jenner, whatever you are,” raising a red flag for several audience members, including one who tweeted that “it was very distasteful.”

A well-known LGBT activist, the former “Glee” star wrote the following apology on his Facebook page:

“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.”

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  1. Ⅰ coulɗn’t resist commenting. Exceptionally well աritten!

  2. at least he apologized otimo actor

  3. HAHA says:

    Starkid does make mistakes, but they always seem ready to apologize and learn. But idk why Criss is acting so green behind the ears. Get it together bro!

  4. Kelly says:

    There are so many other thing more important than people getting all upset over Someone innocent comment that they though wouldn’t be harmful. Settle down!

  5. HG says:

    What was so awful with the simple, harmless joke we attempted? People need to take the stick out of their you know what…

  6. Tony says:

    When you choose the limelight. No matter what venue, the arts, politics, public figure, star, or just being you . Face-up you’re going to be bashed, mocked and shamed. Especially when it’s in everyone’s face for a few months. It will be Caitlyn who in a few months. Lighten up people. Darren relax you are funny and improvisation night after night does not come easy. You shined in Hedwig and Glee.

  7. Albert says:

    How many more letters do we need to add to LGBT

  8. Tuffy says:

    Give it a rest.I’m sick of all you people out there getting upset about every little comment.
    You won’t be happy till everyone is on your side,whatever that is.LGBYPRSEF… That ought to cover
    all of you.What the guy said was funny.Get a life.If Bruce Jenner didn’t want people to make fun of him
    he shouldn’t prance around in a dress pretending to be a woman.He’s a guy,always was,always will be,
    & he for sure makes one ugly woman. Way to go Brucie

  9. Sage says:

    Speech police are here! We will not have this!

  10. localherog2 says:

    What utter BS. I’m so sick of this rampant political correctness I could barf. He (and anybody else who cares to do so) has every right to poke, mock, belittle or throw Jenner under the bus.

  11. tlsnyder42 says:

    This is ridiculous! Leave the guy alone, you fascist freaks of fallacious folly! I saw the movie version, and it sucked big time. The whole LGBT thing is utter nonsense. It’s also anti-science.

  12. sarina says:

    Religious people are repeatedly ridiculed for being anti -science, yet, when the left wing Hollywood elite and liberal media behave in the most unscientific manner by declaring a man a woman, there is no room for questioning or debate. What utter rubbish, to say the least. Men and women are biologically different, getting breast implants, wearing make -up, and dressed does not change a man to a woman. I feel sorry for kids/teens who are exposed to the non – stop parading of a cross – dresser as some type of hero.

    • Eliza Miller says:

      While the backlash from his comments are ridiculous. This comment is mind boggling in terms of stupidity. Getting a sex change is anti-science? Excuse me but knowledge in science/biology is exactly what is needed when performing these complex surgeries for gender reassignment. This comment literally makes no sense. Did you think this out at all? If so I’m afraid for you.

  13. Criss was playing the part of an acid-tongued transexual Hansel/Hedwig. Think of Hedwig as Joan Rivers or Don Rickles stuck between two sexes, worlds, etc.

    If someone can’t handle it then don’t go to the show. See if Disney will remake High School Musical and Little House on the Prairie and stay at home so you won’t get offended.

    When did Jenner, who won some medals 40 years ago and has whored his faded celebrity status on reality TV with some of the most self-centered people of the 21st Century, become such an untouchable icon? His family is most famous for 1. his step-daughter releasing videos of herself performing oral-sex on random men, and 2. getting OJ Simpson acquitted for the murder of his wife.

    If Jenner ‘just wants to be left alone’ he should avoid jumping at every opportunity to appear on TV and NOT appear on the cover of Vanity Fair. If Joan Rivers could have lived just a little bit longer she’d put this in perspective for these whining babies.

  14. Terry Levine says:

    This guy is a douche

  15. Jacques Strappe says:

    No one forced Mr. Criss to apologize for his comments during his performance so I don’t understand why some folks get their panties in a twist over his apologizing. Free speech and civility can coexist. For those who don’t subscribe to civility and don’t care about offending, I say go fly a Confederate flag..

  16. Mica says:

    Sorry, how is he an activist? Because he was paid to play a role and paid to perform some crappy songs? Can you not write down whatever his PR person sends in next time?

    Is he going to apologize for repeatedly calling Hedwig a “thing”? Sorry his great defenders can’t claim those interviews were in character. This apology clearly written by his publicist is not accepted, now matter how much he fame whores at and invades LGBT spaces.

  17. Neville says:

    Good grief! People are such sensitive twits these days…

  18. Tina says:

    Does Variety know the meaning of the word “activist”? I’ll give it to Darren’s PR, he’s suddenly pounding the pavement, knocking on doors and organizing rallies.

  19. Marc V says:

    Darren Criss made such a comment, so what? He’s not gay in real-life and he makes such a transphobic comment? People constantly whine whenever anything slips off the tongue among celebs.

  20. Patrick Juvet says:

    Having seen the show, Hedwig is not supposed to be some sort of politically correct saint and hostility is part and parcel with her character.

  21. Rawboo says:

    It’s also not the first time Darren made transphobic comments. He is no ally of the lgbt community.

    • Betty boop says:

      Non-sense. Quit posting smears here while you’re drunk.

    • Okay. Tell me what these other comments are.

      • Anna says:

        It won’t help because it’s always to blame of in character/he is not saying what he is saying/aliens made him do it/he was possessed darren stan logic but he called Hedwig a “thing” on a number of occasions, hit an audience member with a can and made them bleed and took a phone from a person who didn’t want to do what he wanted to later let it fall to the sits and later admit, on video, that he actually wanted to smash it not just let it fall.

        There’s proof to all of that if you doubt me but I don’t see you taking the time for some reason. And this is just Hedwig related. If you have suffered his presence and his fans longer the list wouldn’t fit.

        But look his (real) PR at work. Poor misunderstood Darren. But I understand the urgency of this round of press because he is scheduled to be on a PRIDE float and his whole career is based on cashing from the LGBTQA community while making a show of how brave he is for being straight and daring to play queer. LOL

        Taye Diggs can’t take over this mess of a Darren stint.

  22. Dan Anon says:

    Screw apologizing, how about he comes out?

  23. I suspect Jenner would have laughed had she been in the audience. If that is the worst thing she hears, this will be smooth sailing. How dare anyone criticize Darren Criss. He is a saint. :P

  24. NYC says:

    He should not have apologized for this. Andrew Rannells said equally offensive things during the performance I saw, but I found them amusing because I’m thankfully smart enough to separate the actor’s performance in this production from the actor. People need to calm down.

  25. Das Dweeb says:

    Darren Criss: Fugitive from the Outrage Police!

  26. Larry says:

    PC Police need to get looser fitting panties.

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