“This may be one of the clearest examples of how colorism plays out in Hollywood,” a Twitter user wrote along a side-by-side of Zendaya and Palmer’s photos. “They were both child stars, but their mainstream popularity is very different.”
Others joined the conversation on colorism agreeing that Palmer, 28, deserves the same praise that Zendaya, 25, seemingly receives as they both have achieved groundbreaking accomplishments in Hollywood at a young age.
“Keke Palmer deserves the same hype y’all give Zendaya,” one user tweeted.
On Sunday (July 24), Palmer responded to the comparisons and conservations of colorism that took over the Twitter-sphere.
“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,” she tweeted.
“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,” Palmer added seemingly nodding to those regarding Nope as her “breakout role.”
Among Palmer’s credits include Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP, hit films Akeelah and the Bee, Scream Queens, and Hustlers, and her co-hosting role on Good Morning America.
Nope, her latest movie credit, grossed an estimated $44 million at the box office during its opening weekend, per the Hollywood Reporter.