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Keke Palmer Responds (Again) To People Upset About Her Being Cast As "Chilli" In TLC Biopic

by Sergio
March 8, 2013 8:45 AM
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Keke Palmer Chilli

This is getting to be a habit now. That is, having an actress cast in a part that many people think is a terrible choice and then later having that same actress defend herself for taking the role.

Just last week, Zoe Saldana defended herself playing Nina Simone in the upcoming movie about her, and now Keke Palmer, in a recent interview, once again, has defended herself for accepting the role of Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas in the now in production of VH-1's TV movie about the singing group TLC.

As Courtney wrote a few weeks ago (HERE) Palmer took to social media to shoot back at naysayers when the announcement of her casting was made.

But because of the criticism, she obviously felt that she had to defend herself again:

Every now and then I think,  people think that celebrities are some crazy human beings…but that’s just the nature of what I do, o.k. I’ve become popular.  But I’m not some different type of being and you know, I have feelings and It would be the same as, if I told you, you can’t work at Chase cause you don’t look like a banker.  So I always have to let people know, put it in perspective that I got this because of my acting abilities.  It’s about being an actress.  It’s not about looking like this person or like that person.  I mean I could understand if I was doing Bette Midler, I mean I don’t look anything like her, but at least I’m the same race as Chili!”

I have to admit that I don't exactly understand what the fuss is all about regarding this casting choice. Saldana as Simone, that I can understand. Who doesn't? But Palmer as Chilli - the problem is what exactly?

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  • Nadell | March 11, 2013 11:02 AMReply

    Keke should just stop addressing the critics. She's stated her piece before and leave it at that.
    And I absolutely would not compare Zoe's role of Simone to Keke's role of Chilli.

  • Monique a Williams | March 9, 2013 7:00 PMReply

    Keke is a good actress. They need to chill out. And she isn't a stretch, look wise either. They are trippin.

  • ALM | March 8, 2013 2:32 PMReply

    Keke should just ignore the critics at this point, and focus on doing an amazing job that will silence the critics.

  • Mark&Darla | March 8, 2013 2:07 PMReply

    Like I said before BF toward each other on the internet is the equivalence to lighting a match around gasoline. All I can do pray that BF stop being so bitchy toward each other on the net.

  • ChgoSista | March 8, 2013 1:38 PMReply

    Leave KeKe alone; goshdangit, Beyonce ain't doin' it, so deal with it! **sarcastic post**

  • Maddox | March 8, 2013 11:48 AMReply

    Chilli is an executive producer on this so she picked her. This is fact you idiots!

  • Marie | March 8, 2013 10:48 AMReply

    Agreed that this is an unfortunate result of social media and the internet. Every idiot can express and opinion and even have it heard. I don't think any actor should have to justify their hiring. Their job involves being chameleons. All an actor owes the public is a great performance.

  • getthesenets | March 8, 2013 10:24 AMReply

    in this's twitterverse and social media giving a voice to some people who are better of being ignored

    the ones that keke is responding to are just a sea of clowns

    the angry-weave sites...because you can't register unless you are angry 24/7 and wear cascading mounds of fake hair....those sites exist for no legit reason than to release toxic thoughts into the world

    fisrst became aware of them during the gabby douglas olympic run.

    vh1 casts a working young black actress with a teen following they can't win...silly websites/forums protest

    cast someone who physically resembles chilli, like a native american woman, or an Indian-caribbean woman...(which I thought he was when the group first came out) and vh1 can't win ....those sites will protest

  • lauren | March 8, 2013 10:08 AMReply

    It's so fucking pathetic! And blatantly misogynist, high school girl jealous behavior mostly from females who use the internet to cut down our women with the raw precision of a village doctor using a can lid for female circumcision... It's a movie people! Not the Holy Grail! Don't like it? Don't see it or better still make your own so we can see what you're not working with. Those who can do.... those who can't, bitch and moan and try to tear people down to their level.

  • Justin W | March 8, 2013 9:59 AMReply

    It's just people looking for controversy at this point..

  • inkeeper | March 8, 2013 9:05 AMReply


  • Aaron | March 8, 2013 8:49 AMReply

    There is a big difference between Zoe Saldana doing Nina Simone and Keke Palmer doing Chilli. The family of Nina had no input in the film and Chilli doesn't seem to be saying a thing about Keke playing as her.

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