Keke Palmer Snaps at Zendaya Comparison, Refuses to Act Like Colorism Victim
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The 'Nope' actress fires back at social media chatter comparing her career path to that of the 'Dune' star, stressing, 'I've been a leading lady since I was 11 years old.'

AceShowbiz - Keke Palmer takes pride in her achievements so far and refuses to be pitted against another actress. Fresh off her appearance in Jordan Peele's "Nope", she was at the center of social media conversation that compared her career path to that of Zendaya Coleman, with many believing that their perceived difference in mainstream popularity is the result of colorism.

Keke apparently caught wind of the chatter and quickly gave her response. Taking to her Twitter page on Sunday, July 24, she fired back at the comparison and refused to act like she's a victim of colorism.

"A great example of colorism is to believe I can be compared to anyone," she tweeted, before listing her accolades, "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."

"I've been a leading lady since I was 11 years old. I have over 100+ credits," the 28-year-old continued, "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."

Over the weekend, someone floated the theory that colorism was the reason why Zendaya has experienced more mainstream success than Keke at this point in their careers. Both actresses are around the same age and have a Disney background. While Keke undeniably has more credits than Zendaya, the latter has starred in bigger projects like "Dune" and the latest "Spider-Man" film series.

"I'd like someone to do a deep-drive on the similarities and differences between Keke Palmer and Zendaya's careers," one person tweeted. "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."

Weighing on the same issue, another user wrote, "Keke's net worth is $7 million and Zendaya's is $20 million. Keke has been a mainstream success since her career began and has put in substantially more work. She should be one of the HIGHEST paid entertainers in the game. So yes it's colorism."

However, another begged to differ as saying, "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."

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