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Keke Palmer Slams ‘Zendaya Comparisions” Over Colorism Amid Success of ‘Nope’

Keke Palmer’s career is surely sky-rocketing. From her show with Vice Presiden Kamala Harris; her recent movie “Nope” to several projects ahead, Keke Palmer has ensured that she is an incomparable talent. And now, she fired back at the recent social media conversation comparing her career to that of Zendaya, which ignited a “colorism debate”.

I Am An Incomparable Talent!

Keke Palmer isn’t happy for those who have compared her to Zendaya. A heated debate about ‘colorism’ ignited on social media after the “Nope” star’s career was compared to Zendaya, and she was clearly not happy about it.

It all started when 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. In a series of tweets, the Prime Time Emmy Award-winning actress listed her experience in the entertainment industry and announced that she was an “incomparable talent.”


On Sunday, Palmer tweeted, “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.”

She further continued in her tweet, “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.”

Where Did The Debate Start?

Palmer burst out when a fan posted a tweet stating that Keke Palmer, 28 has been acting since a child, but is only getting attention after appearing in Jordan Peele’s new thriller Nope, a horror-looking, sci-fi movie, which is the latest one from the creator of “Get Out and Us”. Well, the movie has made its mark as this weekend’s No. 1 movie at the box office.

Coming back to the viral tweet, the fan also included a picture of Keke in the latest edition of British Vogue, alongside a picture of Zendaya from Spider-Man: No Way Home” in a magazine back in September 2021. This post was captioned: “This may be one of the clearest examples of how colorism plays out in Hollywood. They were both child stars, but their mainstream popularity is very different.”

If you don’t understand colourism, it simply refers to the “preferential treatment of lighter skin over darker skin”, and is mostly found in “minority communities”. The concept is rooted in racism, which believes that “a person’s superiority or worth begins and ends with the way they look, including the color of their skin”.

Fans from both teams started throwing their opinion over the tweet before Palmer finally decided to intrude and tell everyone that she is an incomparable talent. She made it clear that her achievements stand out on their own, well, makes sense too. Do you think it was justified to compare her with Zendaya?

I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.


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