Keke Palmer Hits Back at Comparison to Zendaya Over Colorism


Keke Palmer doesn’t seem to like the recent social media debate comparing her career to Zendaya’s.

A Saturday tweet garnered attention for suggesting that the perceived popularity gap between Palmer, who is now starring in Jordan Peele’s Nope, and Zendaya is “one of the clearest examples of how colorism plays out in Hollywood.” Palmer and Zendaya are both former child stars, according to the Twitter thread, but Nope is being referred to as Palmer’s breakout role in certain places.

Palmer tweeted on Sunday, “A wonderful illustration of colorism is believing I can be compared to anybody.” I am the youngest talk show host in history. The first Black woman to star in her own Nickelodeon show, as well as the youngest and first Black Cinderella on Broadway. I have an unrivaled skill. “This is Keke Palmer, the baby.”

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I have over 100 credits and am now starring in an original script that is the box office number one #NOPE. I’ve had a fortunate career thus far; I couldn’t ask for anything more, yet God continues to amaze me.”

Nope, which debuted in top place at the movie office this weekend with an estimated $44 million, is a sci-fi horror picture starring Palmer opposite Daniel Kaluuya.

Palmer was a kid performer on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP, which premiered in 2008 and lasted three seasons. Other films and television appearances include Akeelah and the Bee, Scream Queens, Hustlers, and a voice part in this year’s Pixar feature Lightyear, as well as a spell as co-host of Good Morning America’s third hour, Strahan, Sara, and Keke.

Via:  Tge Hollywood Reporter

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