Keke Palmer Fires Back at Comparison to Zendaya Over Colorism: “I’m an Incomparable Talent

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Keke Palmers Carrer was the focus of a viral Tweet on Saturday amidst the success of her current film ‘Nope’ and Palmer didn’t appreciate it.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, A Saturday tweet drew attention for claiming that a perceived difference in mainstream popularity between Palmer, who currently stars in Jordan Peele’s Nope, and Zendaya is “one of the clearest examples of how colorism plays out in Hollywood.” The Twitter thread pointed out that Palmer and Zendaya are both former child stars but that Nope is being described in some circles as Palmer’s breakout role.

On Sunday, Palmer responded tweeting: “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.”

The “Turnt Up With the Taylors” alum concluded, “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.”

While Zendaya, 25, has yet to address the viral tweet, she did discuss colorism in Hollywood at BeautyCon 2020.

The “Shake It Up” alum said, “As a black woman, as a light-skinned black woman, it’s important that I’m using my privilege, my platform to show you how much beauty there is in the African American community. Zendaya went on to say she’s Hollywood’s “acceptable version of a Black girl” and noted it must change.

“We’re vastly too beautiful and too interesting for me to just be the only representation of that,” the “Euphoria” star continued at the time. “What I’m saying, it’s about creating those opportunities, sometimes. You have to create those paths.”

“Nope,” directed by Jordan Peele, topped the US box office over the weekend with $44 million in ticket sales.

“Nope” is currently in theaters.

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