‘Incomparable talent’ Keke Palmer rejects Zendaya comparison

‘Incomparable talent’ Keke Palmer rejects Zendaya comparison

Published July 26, 2022
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“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’s remarks arrived a day after @NBAgladiator (display name: Melinda Eg) wrote that she would “like someone to do a deep-drive on the similarities and differences between Keke Palmer and Zendaya’s careers” in response to a tweet from Teen Vogue’s Aiyana N. Ishmael. In her tweet, Ishmael mused that it was “interesting” and “wild” to see “Nope” described as Palmer’s “breakout or superstar moment” when the “Akeelah and the Bee” actor has “been a star forever” in her household.

“This may be one of the clearest examples of how colorism plays out in Hollywood,” @NBAgladiator tweeted on Saturday. “[Palmer and Zendaya] were both child-stars, but their mainstream popularity is very different.”

“They are 2 incredibly talented Virgo Queens who each have an Emmy, but in different categories,” she added. “Keke Palmer has done sooo much throughout her career, yet ppl are saying #NopeMovie is her breakout role? #Euphoria is what is considered Zendaya’s breakout role, but that makes sense.”