ZENDAYA COMPARISONS AND COLORIST COMMENTARY: KEKE PALMER REACTS

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ZENDAYA COMPARISONS AND COLORIST COMMENTARY: KEKE PALMER REACTS

Keke Palmer responded to all the talk about her career being compared to Zendaya's by taking pleasure in her own accomplishments and refusing to engage in the comparison game or attempt to portray herself as a victim of colorism.


KP claims, "The idea that I can be compared to anyone is a wonderful example of colorism. I am the newest talk show host in history. The youngest and first Black Cinderella on Broadway, as well as the first Black lady to have her own show on Nickelodeon. I have an unmatched talent. This is Keke Palmer, baby."


She continues, "Since I was 11 years old, I've been a leading lady. I have far over 100 credits, and right now I'm starring in the top-grossing original script #NOPE. My career has been wonderful so far; I couldn't ask for more, but God never ceases to amaze me."


Following her lead part in Jordan Peele's latest film, Keke Palmer is receiving the side-by-side treatment with Zendaya on Twitter, which has sparked a discussion about colorism in the entertainment industry.


Here's the situation Some claim that Keke's performance in "Nope," which she costarred in alongside Daniel Kaluuya, was her big break into the mainstream. Yes, she has appeared in countless films and television programs over the years, but until now, she hadn't really become a household name. JP's film has given her the recognition she's never had.


Zendaya enters the conversation (metaphorically) at this point because someone on the bird app claimed Keke deserved the same level of attention and praise as Zendaya currently receives. People then began to speculate as to why one would have ascension earlier than the other.


Let's simply explore the topic and substance of the argument because, frankly, it's a fascinating one before we dismiss this as pitting two women of color against one another.


Some have suggested that colorism is to blame for Zendaya's greater level of popular success than Keke's at this stage in their careers, despite the fact that both are close in age and have Disney backgrounds and that Keke has far more acting credits than Zendaya does (Keke>Zen).


Zendaya fans are defending her in what they claim feels like a personal attack against their idol, but others claim that they are completely missing the point and that this isn't really about Zendaya. Of course, there is backlash to the fact that this is even being discussed.


You may check out the "Keke" or "Zendaya" trends to see how this debate is developing, but to cut to the chase, it appears that a sizable majority believes that Zendaya has profited enormously from her mixed-race origins through no fault of her own.


We should add that Zendaya has frequently acknowledged this, stating that she wants to assist her community—the Black community—in achieving parity in the entertainment industry.



There are no simple solutions to this problem, and this discussion will undoubtedly go on. Regarding Keke, we'll just say that while she has been killing it for eons, "Nope" is definitely something different. Star-making roles occasionally arise, and this is undoubtedly one of them.



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