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‘I’m an incomparable talent’: Nope Star Keke Palmer Fires Back at Zendaya Comparisons, Says She’s Far Ahead in the Competition

As Keke Palmer continues to garner praise from the fans regarding her role in the Jordan Peele-directed sci-fi horror Nope, she found herself amid an online conversation comparing her career to that of the Euphoria star Zendaya. There has been a raging conversation on the internet over the topic of colorism as a tweet compared how skin color works in Hollywood which also lead the Nope Star to open up about it on Twitter.

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Keke Palmer speaks up on the Twitter controversy regarding her and Zendaya

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What led Keke Palmer to fire at Zendaya?

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Keke Palmer in Nope with Daniel Kaluuya

Keke Palmer opened up on the Internet over a tweet and made it clear that she doesn’t appreciate this conversation comparing her career to that of Zendaya. All this started on July 24 when an account @NBAgladiator tweeted that despite starting their career as child artists, both Keke Palmer and Zendaya’s life has been so different later which shows that Hollywood is affected by colorism:

“I’d like someone to do a deep-drive on the similarities and differences between Keke Palmer and Zendaya’s careers. 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.”

But Keke Palmer did not at all feel good at this and she tweeted back that the example of colorism is that she can be compared to anyone and continues to list down the things she has achieved so far and calls herself an “incomparable talent”:

“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.”

Keke Palmer further added that she feels blessed in her career and is also starring in the number one movie in the world Nope:

“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.”

So in a way she wants to make it crystal clear in front of everyone that she is happy with her endeavors and a mere tweet can’t make her feel anything bad as both she and Zendaya are doing good in their respective careers.

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Zendaya’s take on the incident:


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Although we didn’t get any official statement from Zendaya on the conversation yet earlier also she has been very vocal about the representation of black women in Hollywood and has repeatedly wanted the people from her community to get the same success that she got.

On the other hand, Keke Palmer has now garnered much appreciation for her projects with Nope and her character in it receiving very favorable reviews from all around. Earlier also Hollywood has been often accused of colorism still it can be hoped that the time may change and someday we can get over all this and only judge people by their talent and not color.

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Source: Twitter

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Written by Subham Mandal

Subham Mandal is currently working as a writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He’s currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English based in Kolkata. He’s an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.