Keke Palmer says comparisons of her to Zendaya are an ‘example of colorism’

Keke Palmer says comparisons of her to Zendaya are an ‘example of colorism’ after fans discuss her rising star power following success of Nope

Keke Palmer pushed back on comparisons of her to Zendaya on social media, calling it an ‘example of colorism’ that she would be ‘compared to anyone’ with her respective career achievements.

The 28-year-old actress spoke on the topic amid chatter about her presence in the Jordan Peele thriller Nope, which opened atop the box office with $44 million on the weekend, as some suggested the role in the hit movie could elevate her star stature to that of Zendaya’s.

The Harvey, Illinois native noted her achievements in a pair of tweets, and how it correlated with the colorism she said was in play amid the tenor of the discussion on social media.

Zendaya was seen at an event in LA in support of her show Euphoria

The latest: Keke Palmer, 28, pushed back on comparisons of her to Zendaya, 25, on social media, calling it an ‘example of colorism’ that she would be ‘compared to anyone’ with her respective career achievements. Palmer was snapped in NYC last week

‘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 remarks followed discussion from a number of users on the app comparing Palmer to Zendaya, 25, and their respective levels of fame. 

One user wrote, ‘Keke Palmer deserves the same hype ya’ll give Zendaya,’ later clarifying they think ‘both are amazing & talented’ and Palmer ‘deserves the same recognition’ as Zendaya.

The Harvey, Illinois native noted her achievements in a pair of tweets, and how it correlated with the colorism she said was in play amid the tenor of the discussion on social media

The Harvey, Illinois native noted her achievements in a pair of tweets, and how it correlated with the colorism she said was in play amid the tenor of the discussion on social media 

Another user said in response, ‘One day y’all are going to stop pitting Black women against one another,’ while another said, ‘I hate when y’all do this.

‘Like damn enjoy KeKe without bringing up Zendaya & vice versa. They both are shining bright right now. KeKe been that girl & everyone loves her. Now let’s celebrate her without mentioning someone else.’

One user wrote, 'Keke Palmer deserves the same hype ya’ll give Zendaya,' which sparked a number of responses

One user wrote, ‘Keke Palmer deserves the same hype ya’ll give Zendaya,’ which sparked a number of responses 

One fan of Palmer’s said they already viewed the actress as a breakout superstar in show business prior to the success of Nope.

‘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,’ the user said.

A separate user responded to the tweet hoping for more comparisons between the stars and their paths to fame

A separate user responded to the tweet hoping for more comparisons between the stars and their paths to fame

A fan of Palmer's said they already viewed the actress as a breakout superstar in show business prior to the success of Nope

A fan of Palmer’s said they already viewed the actress as a breakout superstar in show business prior to the success of Nope 

One user noted how the passionate fandoms for the respective performers often had an impact on the discussion

One user noted how the passionate fandoms for the respective performers often had an impact on the discussion 

A separate user responded to the tweet hoping for more comparisons between the stars and their paths to fame.

‘I’d like someone to do a deep-drive on the similarities and differences between Keke Palmer and Zendaya’s careers,’ the user said. ‘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.’

One user noted how the passionate fandoms for the respective performers often had an impact on the discussion, saying that ‘having discussions about colorism involving zendaya can be so frustrating because trust her fans will get overly defensive every single time.’

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