Raven-Symoné weighs in on Keke Palmer Usher outfit ‘controversy’ – TheFantasyTimes

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Raven-Symoné weighs in on Keke Palmer Usher outfit ‘controversy’

Raven-Symoné commends Keke Palmer on her handling of the mom-shaming comments made by her boyfriend, Darius Jackson, after she wore a provocative outfit to an Usher concert in Las Vegas. Speaking on an upcoming episode of TheFantasyTimes’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast, while promoting her own iHeart podcast, “The Best Podcast Ever,” the “Raven’s Home” actress expresses her confidence in Palmer’s ability to handle the situation. Raven-Symoné, joined by her wife and co-host, Miranda Pearman-Maday, emphasizes that they have no advice to offer the “Nope” star as she deals with the controversy. The couple agrees that Keke does not require their assistance.

Raven-Symoné reveals that she and Pearman-Maday interviewed Palmer for their podcast before her outfit became a topic of discussion. They aim to provide a platform for individuals to share their truth without judgment. While Palmer’s boyfriend made negative comments about her attire, Raven-Symoné and Pearman-Maday want to create a space where guests can discuss serious topics and clear the air, but also engage in lighthearted conversations.

The hosts of “The Best Podcast Ever” assure that even if guests choose to talk about trivial matters, they can still have fun. Raven-Symoné clarifies that if Palmer’s situation had occurred before their interview, they would have addressed it. However, they are not solely focused on controversial topics.

Last week, Palmer attended Usher’s residency show wearing a sheer black dress over a thong bodysuit, which received praise from her famous friends, including Usher himself. However, her boyfriend, Jackson, expressed disapproval on Twitter, stating that the outfit was inappropriate for a mother. Despite the backlash, Palmer remained unfazed and posted more pictures of her ensemble on Instagram. She even released merchandise inspired by the incident.

Raven-Symoné responds positively to Palmer capitalizing on the situation, commending her for it.

Raven-Symoné is applauding how Keke Palmer has navigated the mom-shaming comments from boyfriend Darius Jackson after wearing a sexy outfit to an Usher concert in Las Vegas.

“She’s just fine. She will continue to be A-OK,” the “Raven’s Home” actress says of Palmer on an upcoming episode of TheFantasyTimes’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast while promoting her own iHeart podcast, “The Best Podcast Ever.”

Appearing alongside her wife and co-host, Miranda Pearman-Maday, Raven-Symoné emphasizes that there is no advice they would have for the “Nope” star as she recovers from the controversy. 

“Keke does not need help from us,” the couple agrees in unison.

Raven-Symoné tells TheFantasyTimes’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast that Keke Palmer “does not need help” navigating her recent Usher concert outfit “controversy.”
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The duo — who launched “The Best Podcast Ever” on Monday — recently interviewed Palmer for an episode that was recorded before her Sin City ensemble made headlines. 


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“We did record this before the controversy she’s going through right now,” Raven-Symoné says of her chat with the fellow Disney Channel alum. 

“Of course, we want to stay topical. We want to give that person a platform to speak their truth without judgment,” the “Cheetah Girls” actress continues. 

Keke Palmer and Usher
Palmer’s boyfriend, Darius Jackson, made mom-shaming comments about the sheer ensemble she wore to Usher’s Las Vegas residency.

“On the other side, I and my wife feel like giving them a space to where they don’t have to defend themselves, they don’t have to talk about what everyone’s talking about.”

Raven-Symoné and Pearman-Maday say “The Best Podcast Ever” is a place where people can discuss a “serious topic and really clear the air” — but guests can also lean into lighthearted conversations as well. 

Raven-Symoné and Miranda Pearman-Maday
Raven-Symoné and wife Miranda Pearman-Maday recently interviewed Palmer for their new iHeart podcast, “The Best Podcast Ever.”

“You can come on and talk about absolutely nothing and we can still have fun,” the “View” alum says before reiterating, “If [Palmer’s] situation had happened before we recorded, we would have asked her [about it].”

However, she acknowledges, “We’re down for juicy stuff, but we’re not juicy forward, you know what I mean?”

Last week, Palmer, 29 — who shares 4-month-old son, Leodis, with Jackson, also 29 — attended Usher’s residency show wearing a sheer black dress layered over a matching thong bodysuit. 

Raven-Symoné and Miranda Pearman-Maday
“If [Palmer’s] situation had happened before we recorded, we would have asked her [about it],” says the “Raven’s Home” actress.
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Her famous friends — including the “U Got It Bad” singer himself — could not get enough of the new mom’s look, which has been described as “boss” and “flawless.”

But her boyfriend — though the current status of their relationship is unclear — was not too fond of the skin-baring display and decided to tell Twitter how he felt.

“It’s the outfit tho.. you a mom,” Jackson tweeted in response to a viral video of his girlfriend dancing while being serenaded by Usher.

Keke Palmer, Darius Jackson and son Leodis
The “Nope” star welcomed her son, Leodis, with Jackson in February.

Despite backlash, the former fitness instructor later returned to the platform to double down on his comments.

“We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn’t want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is,” Jackson tweeted, even though the two are not legally married.

“This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case.”

Keke Palmer
Palmer seemed unbothered by Jackson’s remarks about her skin-baring display.

Palmer seemingly responded to her baby daddy’s antics by uploading multiple photos of herself rocking the concert outfit alongside the caption, “I wish I had taken more pictures.”

She has since released merch that many fans believe is inspired by the fiasco.  

“One thing is certain and one thing is true, IM A MOTHA, through and through!” Palmer captioned an Instagram Reel last week, which showed her singing Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” to her son.

“‘IM A MOTHA’ and ‘Stevie to the bulls–t’ shirts available NOW!” she added, with the latter referring to being blind to unnecessary drama.

When asked to share her thoughts on Palmer’s decision to cash in, Raven-Symoné tells us, “Good for her.”

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