‘People Kill Me:’ Keke Palmer Defends Her Role As Chilli In TLC’s Upcoming Biopic

February 18, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

When news broke last week that rapper Lil Mama would be playing the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in TLC’s upcoming biopic, almost everyone knew that there would be some naysayers in opposition of the 23-year-old New York native playing Hip Hop’s beloved Left Eye. But, the latest source of controversy surrounding the casting of the VH1 film is a bit surprising. Over the weekend, we reported that 19-year-old actress and singer, Keke Palmer was cast to play the role of Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas. This seemed like great news, considering how talented of an actress the True Jackson, VP star is. Everyone doesn’t appear to have shared the same sentiments though. TLC fans utilized their Twitter pages to sound-off about their disapproval of Palmer playing the role of Chilli because they felt she didn’t look like the Atlanta singer. Clearly fed up with the nitpicking, Keke posted a statement to her Twitter page, defending her role in the biopic and slamming any talk that would imply that she is a poor choice for the role because she isn’t identical to Chilli.


The Joyful Noise actress expressed to Vibe.com that her love for TLC dates back to when she was six years old and the single “No Scrubs” dropped.

“I would sing ‘No Scrubs’ over and over again to the point my parents would have to tell me to stop, but I never did, I had my little hairbrush as my mic and nobody could tell me I wasn’t the fourth member of TLC. I am a true fan. I love these ladies and I always want to be proud of my work in any role that I do”.

In case you were wondering, Drew Sidora has been cast to play Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. I actually think Keke is going to do an outstanding job as Chilli.

What do you think?


Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

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  • FunnyChick

    She gone be Chilli? Oh she gone kill it! i LOVE how she has stayed humble and never acted like a b*tch for no one. So I’m lookin forward to see it.

  • Chassie

    Honestly, in terms of facial structure, I think lil mama will make a good left eye, I don’t think keke would be a good chilli, but then this isn’t a look alike contest. drew sidora……. I’m done

  • Is It 5:00 Yet?

    She as close to Chilli as it’s going to get.

  • Kahekili

    This movie is destined to fail if people are already not liking the casting choices. I have no issues with Keke Palmer, but her playing the role of Chilli just does not seem right, and the other two cast members are even worse.

  • Chey

    I am not really in favor of any of the people that are cast as TLC. I do agree that KeKe Palmer has exceptional talent though. Hopefully this will be good.

  • kickash

    Actually the only one I’m kind of having doubts about is Lil Mama. When it was announced that Keke would play Chilli, I could totally see why she was chosen. She’s been acting for a while now so I think she will put a lot into the role. Also her tweets were funny but also true….

  • But wait a minute!? I thought it was “acting”? Keke should cuss these suckers out! I am sick of this skin color/ hair hierarchy we have in Hollywood.

  • Are they sure Lil Mama is only 23?? She looks my age!

  • I knew I liked that young lady!!! LOL! Tell ’em Keke!!! Wise young lady!!

  • MissRealuminatti

    This movie is going to be a hot mess regardless of casting. Keke is the only casting that makes sense. She’s pretty, thin, brown, and can sing/dance. Some black folks just mad because she doesn’t have the so-called “good hair.” Lil Mama looks nothing like Left Eye and she can’t act. Drew Sidora will have to cut the weave out of her hair but she is a very attractive lady. I’m still watching this train wreck just to see Lil Mama burn down the mansion. lol

  • What does Madame Noire care about this ? Her whole purpose in life is to find white men for black women. A smart, handsome, athletic, & spiritual Asian man won’t do.

    • MissRealuminatti

      You need a hug?

    • IllyPhilly

      Okay, sh!t got personal.

    • what the hell are you talking about, lol?

    • Kenedy

      Let us all stand in a circle around Nelson, hold our hands over his head and let us pray…..”Oh blood of jesus…..we gather here today….”

      • No, let’s stand around your mother & laugh at how ugly she is . Hahaha

  • TLC fans need to sit down and be grateful for the movie.

  • Naija81

    I think she will do great in the role! Looking forward to it. I think she’ll smash it. However, Ben playing a Latino person and her playing Chilli are not equal comparisons. In the system known as Hollywood where actors/actresses of color have limited roles (quantity and breadth), having white actors/actresses play parts where the individual(s) are people of color just further disenfranchises actors/actresses of color. #realtalk

    • SunshineBlossom

      Very true, and not to mention the few black actors there are out there are recycled constantly.

  • Im_just_me

    Drew Sidora and Lil Mama as TBoz and Left Eye??? This movie has already failed

  • diamond

    I dont think we need to worry about keke palmer playing Chilli. We need to worry about Drew Sidora playing T-Boz. Now that one makes no sense!

  • i didn’t even know she was getting flack for this,lol…but then again, i don’t do the twitter thing. Anyways, i think she would do a great job in this role. People will always have something negative to say, regardless…she needs to just learn to ignore that mess, and do what she does!

  • In the day and age where social media is used as a diary, these celebrities are just going to have to come to terms with the fact that fools will always have something to say. It was something that I had to get used to as well. I think she’ll do fine though, they do favor each other a little bit. And Ms. KeKe can act!

  • SXQN

    So sad…Do yo’ work girl, forget “dem haters”.

  • I don’t foresee this moving doing well. not because of the cast but because of the network.. biopics on Lifetime and TLC are always crappy.

    • sabrina

      I thought it was going on VH1 though?

      • MissRealuminatti

        VH1 is even worse

        • FunnyChick

          What other horrible biopics have they done other than the Man in the Mirror one?

          • York

            I think Man in the Mirror was enough =X Poor Flex still hasn’t recovered from having to wear that roadkill on his head…

  • KeKe will kill it!!! She’s a very good actress!!!

  • MLS2698

    Nobody has baby hair like Chilli, so ol’ girl can just wear a wig!

  • ladylove22

    Imo bio pics never turn out well .. they always turn out to be like a soap opera..