Keke Palmer Says Comparisons With Zendaya An Example Of Colorism

Keke Palmer doesn’t seem to be enjoying the current social media debate that compares her career to Zendaya’s.

A Saturday tweet gained attention for saying that Palmer, who is now starring in Jordan Peele’s Nope, and Zendaya’s apparent disparity in public appeal is “one of the clearest examples of how colorism plays out in Hollywood.” Although Palmer and Zendaya were both child stars, Nope is being referred as in certain quarters as Palmer’s breakout performance, according to the Twitter thread.

When she was compared to Zendaya on social media, she retaliated, calling it a “evidence of colorism” that she would be “compared to anybody” with similar professional accomplishments.

‘A great example of colorism is to believe I can be compared to anyone,’ Palmer said. ‘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.’

Palmer noted her near two decades in show business, as she said, ‘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.’

The comments came after many app users discussed Palmer and Zendaya, 25, and their varying levels of popularity.

Keke Palmer “deserves the same hoopla ya’ll give Zendaya,” one person remarked, later adding that they believe Palmer and Zendaya “are both great & brilliant” and “deserve the same respect.”

Palmer co-stars in the sci-fi horror movie Nope, which debuted in first place at the weekend box office with an estimated $44 million. Palmer is paired with Daniel Kaluuya in this movie.

Palmer played the title character in the three-season Nickelodeon series True Jackson, VP, which debuted in 2008. Along with a voice part in this year’s Pixar feature Lightyear, other credits for Strahan include Akeelah and the Bee, Scream Queens, Hustlers, Akeelah and the Bee, and Scream Queens. He also co-hosted Good Morning America’s third hour, Strahan, Sara & Keke.

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