Baby, this is Keke Palmer!
The Nope actress claps back after fans called her performance in Jordan Peele’s new film her “breakthrough role” and argued that she’s less “mainstream” than Zendaya due to colorism in Hollywood. When Keke caught wind of the comparison of her career to Zendaya’s, she took to Twitter to remind people that she’s the Keke Palmer whose been in the biz since she was 11 years old and has 100+ credits to prove it!
A great example of colorism is to believe I can be compared to anyone. I’m the youngest talk show host ever. The first black woman to star in her own show on Nickelodeon, & the youngest & first black Cinderella on Broadway. I’m an incomparable talent. Baby, this is Keke Palmer.
I’ve been a leading lady since I was 11 years old. I have over 100+ credits, and currently starring in an original screenplay that’s the number one film at the box office #NOPE. I’ve had a blessed career thus far, I couldn’t ask for more but God continues to surprise me.🥳❤️🙏🏾
— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) July 24, 2022
Get into this flex!
Several fans, including streaming giant Netflix, agreed with Keke and were in full support of her stance as an incomparable talent with a record-breaking resume that has always put her “ahead of the curve.”
Keke Palmer has ALWAYS been ahead of the curve pic.twitter.com/InR4dX3Qz3
— Netflix (@netflix) July 25, 2022
It’s so interesting seeing the conversation around Keke Palmer having her breakout or superstar moment and it’s wild we live in different worlds because in my household Keke been a star for forever Akeelah & The Bee was my dad’s favorite movie it went triple platinum in my home.
— Aiyana N. Ishmael (@aiyanaish) July 23, 2022
The fact that you haven’t heard of her speaks to the lack of diversity in the media you consume, not her level of talent or bankability as a star. Keke Palmer has been ALL OVER for years. If you didn’t know about her, take a hard look at what the media you consume LOOKS like.
— Deanna Allbrittin (@deannaTVnews) July 25, 2022
Although Zendaya hasn’t spoken out about this recent debate, she addressed colorism in Hollywood head-on during NYC’s Beautycon Festival in 2020—noting that as she’s seemingly the “acceptable version of a black girl” it’s her responsibility to use her privilege and platform to show “how much beauty there is in the African-American community.”
“I am Hollywood’s acceptable version of a Black girl and that has to change. We’re vastly too beautiful and too interesting for me to be the only representation of that.” – #Zendaya in conversation with @BadAssBoz at #BeautyconNYC pic.twitter.com/wZaIrJm1Tw
— Danielle (@theislandiva) April 22, 2018
Do you think Keke is less mainstream than Zendaya because of colorism? Tune in to see what our Dish Nation hosts think about this controversial topic.