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Keke Palmer Slams Those Comparing Her to Zendaya: “I’ve Been a Leading Lady Since I Was 11-Years-Old”

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Palmer is currently starring in Jordan Peele’s “Nope.”


Palmer Addresses Career Conversations

Keke Palmer rejected recent comparisons that have been made between her and Zendaya’s careers. 

The success of Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” which stars Palmer, has prompted online conversation about the star and her work. One tweet gained a lot of traction for saying it would be worth comparing “the similarities and differences between Keke Palmer and Zendaya’s careers,” suggesting it could prove to 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,” that person explained. 

Palmer was 12 years old when she starred in “Akeelah and the Bee,” and later went on to land her own TV series on Nickelodeon, “True Jackson VP.” Since then, Palmer has appeared in shows like “Scream Queens,” and “Masters of Sex,” films like “Hustlers,” and has even hosted a block of “Good Morning America.”

Zendaya similarly started her career at a young age on Disney Channel’s “Shake it Up.” She now leads HBO’s “Euphoria” and has starred in blockbuster films like the Marvel “Spider-Man” franchise, “Dune,” and “The Greatest Showman.”

The Twitter user comparing their careers noted that both actresses have found success — including Emmy Awards — but claimed those successes are acknowledged differently by mainstream culture, with Zendaya emerging as a bigger star. In a separate tweet, the person said they chose to compare Palmer to Zendaya because they are both triple threats, but “if Zendaya was darker, I don’t know that she would be considered mainstream.”

Others agreed that the gaps in their commercial success could be attributed to colorism, but Palmer was quick to shut those comparisons down. 

“A great example of colorism is to believe I can be compared to anyone,” she tweeted on Sunday. “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,” she continued. “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 received support for her comments, including from many who argued it was wrong to pit Black women in Hollywood against one another in the first place. 

Box Office Success for “Nope”

“Nope” debuted as the top film at the box office over the weekend, raking in $44 million. It’s not the only film Palmer has playing in theaters right now, as she also voices a character in Pixar’s “Lightyear.”

While promoting “Nope,” Palmer explained on “Another Act” why she she has previously chosen some projects that fly under the radar. 

“I try to have no ego,” Palmer said. “A lot of people are like, ‘Oh well I did such and such and I can’t do that job.’ I’m very much so like, ‘Are the people cool? Is the material good? They gonna have lunch? Let’s go.’” 

She added that she does not pick films based on how much money they are likely to make or how big of an audience she thinks they will have, as she feels those aspects are out of her control. Instead, she looks for what speaks to her personally, even if the project is small.

“I always keep it to what I’m passionate about and what I connect to and I don’t really care about…you know it’s funny I did a TikTok joke on my page where I said, you know, when someone comes up to me and says ‘Why haven’t I seen you on the big screen in a minute?’ ‘Well I had three movies that went direct to DVD and you didn’t see any of them,’” Palmer added. “So that’s pretty much the concept of how people don’t realize that as an actor, the point is to get a job.” 

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Shane Dawson Says Cancellation Felt Planned By The Universe 

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The YouTuber said that by being forced to take a digital break, he had a chance to step back and “see what the bigger purpose is.” 


Dawson Speaks Out

Two years after facing intense backlash online, YouTuber Shane Dawson said he found a positive side to being “canceled.”

In the summer of 2020, Dawson faced intense scrutiny after people resurfaced his old controversial videos where he wore blackface, made racist jokes, and said inappropriate remarks about children. He lost a slew of subscribers as a result and stepped away from YouTube for over a year following the scandal. 

Dawson has since returned to posting, sharing long-form content every few months on his channel to millions of viewers, though his audience is not nearly as large as it was before the backlash. He also started a podcast earlier this year. 

While speaking on Perez Hilton’s podcast this week, Dawson said his cancellation actually came at a time when he needed to rethink his life online. 

“I really think the universe and God, or whatever, really planned it this way because I was at a point before I got canceled where I didn’t wanna be around anymore,” Dawson said. “I was so burnt out.”

“Wait, you were so burnt out that you were depressed and suicidal?” Hilton followed up. “Just from overworking?”

“Well it wasn’t just from overworking,” Dawson added. “It was, well, I’m a workaholic.” 

Cancelation “Felt Very Designed”

Dawson went on to explain that being a workaholic opened the doors for other issues, like fearing he will lose his success, getting stressed about his online reputation, worrying about spending enough time  with family, and negative thoughts about his body image. As all this started to take a toll on him, he started therapy. Not long after, he started dealing with his 2020 controversies. 

“Oddly enough, two months after I started therapy, maybe even sooner, I got canceled,” Dawson said. “And it was like, ‘oh.’ That felt very designed to me, by something.”

“Because I was like, okay, she’s learning about everything, all my issues, all this, all that, and my biggest fear is being canceled again and it happened,” he continued. “So now I can see what the bigger purpose is.” 

Now he says he is grateful to be at a point where he is not constantly worried about making content and pleasing people. Dawson said that earlier in his career, his need to be liked was so severe that he would message people who said negative things about him online in an effort to change their minds. 

“It’s always that thing where like, I want people that hate me to like me. Which is toxic,” Dawson explained.  “Like a hater would say something, and I’ll DM them, this is something I’d do years ago, I’d DM them and talk to them and then, ‘oh, they like me now!’ It was dark.” 

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Monica Lewinsky Asks Beyoncé to Change “Partition” Lyric Amid “Renaissance” Edits

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The 2013 song includes the phrase “he Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.”


Monica Lewinsky’s Request

Monica Lewinsky suggested that Beyoncé remove a lyric from her 2013 song “Partition” that references the infamous scandal involving the former White House intern and then-President Bill Clinton.

The request came as Beyoncé’s representatives confirmed she would be removing an ableist lyric from a track off her latest album “Renaissance.” The song “Heated” used the word “spaz,” which many disability advocates have condemned as an offensive slur.

Earlier this year, Lizzo removed the same word from her song “Grrrls” after facing backlash. On Monday, a spokesperson for Beyoncé said that while the word was “not used intentionally in a harmful way,” it “will be replaced.”

Lewinsky shared that news Monday on Twitter and added, “uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition.”

In “Partition,” the Grammy winner sings the phrase “he Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.”

Response From the Beyhive

The Beyhive was quick to call Lewinsky out for her plea, arguing that the song has been out for nearly a decade and she could have brought her complaint up sooner. Some said she was in no place to be upset with the lyric as she has the phrase “rap song muse” in her Twitter bio. 

Lewinsky issued replies to many of these complaints on Tuesday, saying this is not the first time she publicly addressed “Partition,” and the numerous other songs referencing her. Regarding her Twitter bio, she said she uses humor to cope with the public scandal. 

When people continued to accuse her of singling out Beyoncé when there are dozens of artists who have written similar lyrics, Lewinsky said, “when articles about the 125+ other artists changing lyrics to a song cross my TL, i promise i’ll do the same.”

Lewinsky’s request prompted frustration from people who felt that by changing the ableist lyric in “Heated,” Beyoncé inadvertently opened a door for people to pressure her into tweaking other songs. 

“Heated” is not the only track off of “Renaissance” that has had to return to the cutting room since the album’s release. Beyoncé also removed an interpolation of the Kelis song “Milkshake” after Kelis spoke out against its use and called it “theft.”

Neither Beyoncé nor her team has publicly responded to Lewinksy. In a tweet, Lewinsky said she had not privately reached out to the singer to sort the issue behind closed doors.

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Chris Rock Addresses Oscars Slap After Will Smith’s Apology Video

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In his latest statement, Smith said his “behavior was unacceptable.”


Chris Rock Talks Oscars

Just hours after Will Smith posted an apology video regarding the infamous Oscars slap, Chris Rock addressed the incident during a show in Atlanta. 

“Everybody is trying to be a fucking victim. If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims,” Rock said during a Friday show, via People. “Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day, I got kids.” (Rock’s “Suge Smith” joke was likely a reference to Suge Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records who is currently in jail over a deadly hit and run.)

“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” the comedian reportedly continued.

Rock has been sprinkling remarks about the slap into some of his recent sets over the last couple of weeks. 

The controversy unfolded during the 94th Academy Awards when Rock was presenting the statue for Best Documentary. He made a quip about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith then walked onto the stage and slapped Rock. Upon returning to his seat, he shouted, “leave my wife’s name out your fucking mouth.” Less than one hour later, he won the Best Actor Oscar for his work in “King Richard.”

Within the following days, Smith issued an apology and resigned from the Academy. The organization also banned the actor from attending any of its events for the next decade. 

Will Smith Posts Apology

Smith has held a low profile since the Oscars, but made a return to the public eye on Friday by posting a YouTube video titled “It’s been a minute…” Smith claimed he has reached out to Rock, but the stand-up star said he is not ready to talk it out just yet. 

“I apologize to you,” Smith said in the video. “My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.” 

“There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” actor continued. “There is no part of me that thinks that is the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”

Smith also apologized to Rock’s family, as well as his own, for dragging them into controversy and hurting them with his actions. 

Smith also clarified that Pinkett Smith had no influence over his decision to slap Rock on stage. 
“I made a choice on my own,” he said. “Jada had nothing to do with it.”

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