For many of us, Twitter laughs are all that’s keeping us together during these trying times.
And this week, Twitter really came through—most notably, Glee star Kevin McHale.
After a CNN journalist posed to the platform the question…
“What’s something that ISN’T gay but still FEELS gay to you?”
…McHale had a response that left people screaming—a perfect GIF of Glee costar Darren Criss
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) November 11, 2020
McHale’s response has drawn more than 1,000 responses and nearly 10,000 retweets for its dead-on—but all in good fun—drag.
What had people laughing so hard? Well, it all starts with McHale and Criss’ time on Glee. McHale, who is gay, played a character, Artie, who was straight.
Criss, who is not gay, played a character, Blaine, who was gay, and was one half of the show’s most celebrated romantic relationship, Blaine and Kurt, the latter played by Chris Colfer.
But it’s not just Glee on Criss’ very gay resume—he’s made an entire career of playing LGBTQ characters, in fact. He played the titular role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway in 2015.
In 2018, he played Andrew Cunanan, the gay man who stalked and murdered Gianni Versace, in The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, for which he won the Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards.
And while Criss is definitely straight—he’s married to a woman and everything—he has a certain bearing and theatricality that has had Gay Twitter joking about him secretly being part of the rainbow club for years.
Plus, many LGBTQ people have criticized Criss for taking roles away from actual LGBTQ actors like McHale (Criss pledged in 2018 to never do so again and has not played an LGBTQ character since).
Put it all together, and McHale’s good-natured but deeply shady tweet had people absolutely screaming.
Hand me your phone!!
— Alex Newell (@thealexnewell) November 12, 2020
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) November 11, 2020
you right now kevin pic.twitter.com/1e9hElLt3M
— Rachael 🙂 (@BeingAliveCriss) November 11, 2020
KEVIN I- pic.twitter.com/ksiIjeydZg
— McKinley High Updates ミ☆ (@MckinleyUpdates) November 11, 2020
Don’t remind me of this betrayal pic.twitter.com/5f93ZsNOK1
— mac kahey (@MacDoesIt) November 11, 2020
— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) November 12, 2020
— inés marie 👾 sm3 title pleek (@spideygcv) November 11, 2020
i can't stop thinking about this tweet
— out of context glee (@oocglee) November 11, 2020
— ray :)! ミ★ (@piercedoggies) November 11, 2020
Kevin please lmfao
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) November 12, 2020
For his part, Criss took it all in stride with a well-chosen gifs in response.
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) November 12, 2020
And since Alexis Schitt gifs are canonically gay, it was the perfect response.