“I’ve Done Too Much Good … To Deserve That Treatment”
*Keke Palmer knows the power of her celebrity and is not ashamed to say that she is very conscious about maintaining a positive image for her fans.
Which explains why the 20-year-old entertainer took time out from filming her upcoming movie “Brotherly Love” to address those responsible for peddling a (fake) sex tape, claiming it features her.
Needless to say, Palmer admitted to being hurt as she spoke on the alleged oral sex video an in a new interview with The Jasmine Brand.
“When we get something going, and when we get something cooking we should be lifting each other up, and holding each other’s hand. And the moment we get one it’s like tearing them down….,” Palmer said. “My thing is, I always try to use myself as an example. I realized at a young age, Ok I have a platform. People know me because of my work. Let me use it for a good thing. And I never want young girls to think that is ok. Every now and then there are some things you can throw over your shoulder. But that, that was too much and I’ve done too much good in my life to deserve that type of treatment. Everything that I do, I always think about the young women who are like me out there, that want to be heard, that want to be seen, that want more positivity, that want more things to feed their mind. And then to come back and see my own people try to take me down like that, it kills my heart because it’s like everything I do, I do for us.
“Anytime you see Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West. Anytime a young black person’s doing good that’s motivation for everybody else. Anytime, anytime, it’s motivation. Use that fuel to push you forward. That’s what I did,” she continued. “With Raven [Simone], with Kyla Pratt, with Sanaa Lathan, with Gabrielle Union. All of those were unconscious examples of what I can be and what I could do. So it just kills me…it just killed me because I felt like why? Why? What did I do to deserve it? All I did was take a picture with a fan, and now you turning it into something terrible. I didn’t understand it. I literally was at a loss. But I did want to set the example, it’s Ok to stand up for yourself. It’s Ok to stand up for yourself. I don’t give a damn about being no celebrity. At the end of the day, this is not right. This is not right for you to do this to me and I won’t allow it. I won’t.”
Palmer, who recently portrayed TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the VH1-biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” can next be seen in the upcoming TV remake of the TONY-nominated play, “The Trip To Bountiful.” The movie, which will also stars Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, and Cicely Tyson, will premiere at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 on Lifetime.