Keke Palmer Opened Up About Being Teased As A Kid

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“No matter your background, no matter your culture, you are valid because you are.”

You know Keke Palmer — she’s a former Nickelodeon star, an actress, amazing singer, and American darling.


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Well, Keke took to Instagram yesterday to open up about her childhood and the teasing she had to deal with because of her wholesome image.


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Send me the numbers of the people who made fun of you, Keke. I just wanna talk.

“Growing up, I was often teased for being ‘wholesome,’ the shows I acted on, the fact that I had a bedtime on tour, and even sometimes the way I spoke,” she said.


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“What I hated most was that people assumed that because of all these things, I somehow hadn’t experienced life,” she explained. “I felt constantly challenged on how ‘real’ I was when it came to the ‘Black experience’ all because my mom raised me not to wear my hardships.”


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She also touched upon code-switching, saying, “The reality of wanting to be able to communicate in whatever room I was in stopped me from being able to ever be ONE THING.”


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Then, Keke delivered a powerful message to her fans about the importance of always staying true to yourself.


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“No matter your background, no matter your culture, you are valid because you are. Everyone is not the same, and that doesn’t make anyone more cool or less,” she said.


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“In fact,” she continued, “the only thing that makes a MF lame to me is when they aren’t being TRUE to who THEY are for other people’s acceptance.”


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Say it again for the people in the back.

“I can never ever be what anyone else wants me to be. I can only be Keke (which is quite all over the place). You should only be you, too!”


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And we love you just the way you are, Keke!

You can read Keke’s full message below.

Thank you, Keke, for sharing your personal experience and inspiring us!!

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