Have you ever wondered if the nerdy kid from Boy Meets World and the rapper from Ridiculousness are the same person? If you have, you’re not alone. A popular internet meme has been circulating for years, claiming that Lee Norris, who played Stuart Minkus on the hit sitcom, underwent a sex change and became Chanel West Coast, the stage name of Chelsea Chanel Dudley. But is there any truth to this rumor? Or is it just a case of mistaken identity? In this article, we will explore the origins and facts behind this viral claim and reveal the real relationship between Lee Norris and Chanel West Coast.
The Minkus-Chanel Meme
The meme that sparked the rumor was first posted on social media in July 2015. It featured a side-by-side comparison of Lee Norris as Stuart Minkus in Boy Meets World and Chanel West Coast as herself in Ridiculousness, with the caption: “Stuart Minkus from Boy Meets World became Chanel West Coast”. The meme was intended as a joke, based on the superficial facial resemblance between the two actors. However, many people mistook it for a factual report and believed that Lee Norris had actually transitioned into a woman and continued his acting career as Chanel West Coast.
The Facts Behind the Rumor
The rumor is completely false. Lee Norris and Chanel West Coast are two different people who happen to look alike. They are not related in any way, nor have they ever met each other. Lee Norris was born on September 25, 1981 in Greenville, North Carolina. He started his acting career as a child, appearing in The Torkelsons, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and American Gothic. He rose to fame as Stuart Minkus, the nerdy classmate of Cory Matthews on Boy Meets World. He later reprised his role as Minkus in a few episodes of the spin-off series Girl Meets World. He also played Marvin “Mouth” McFadden on One Tree Hill from 2003 to 2012. He is married to Andrea Norris since 2011.
Chanel West Coast was born on September 1, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She grew up listening to rap music and started rapping at the age of 14. She was introduced to television personality Rob Dyrdek through mutual friends in 2008 and became his receptionist on Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. She also joined the cast of Ridiculousness, a show that reviews online videos with Dyrdek and Sterling “Steelo” Brim. She pursued her music career as well, signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in 2012 and releasing her debut album America’s Sweetheart in 2020. She also appeared on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood for one season in 2017.
The Reaction of the Actors
Both Lee Norris and Chanel West Coast have addressed the rumor and denied any connection between them. Lee Norris told MTV News in 2015 that he found the meme amusing but also frustrating. He said: “I’m just a normal guy from North Carolina who loves rap music and happens to look like a rapper who I’m a fan of”. He also said that he respects Chanel West Coast and wishes her success.
Chanel West Coast told In Touch Weekly in 2018 that she was annoyed by the rumor and was taking legal action to remove it from the internet. She said: “It’s technically defamation of character, saying that I am transgender and used to be a boy”. She also said that she felt bad for some of her fans who thought she was transgender and looked up to her. She said: “I want to be like, ‘I’m not transgender,’ but at the same time, I want to be there for people to feel like they can confide in me”.
The rumor that Lee Norris became Chanel West Coast is nothing but a hoax based on a humorous meme. The two actors are not related, nor have they ever met each other. They are both successful in their own fields and have their own identities. They have also spoken out against the rumor and clarified their genders. Therefore, there is no truth to the claim that Stuart Minkus from Boy Meets World became Chanel West Coast.