Keke Palmer To Star In New Usher Video After Boyfriend Shamed Her For Her Outfit At His Concert

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Actress Keke Palmer is teaming up with Usher for his latest music video for his song “Boyfriend.” Palmer has built a name for herself on her sense of humor and bold style. The actress recently welcomed her first child with boyfriend Darius Jackson. Months after beginning her new motherhood journey, Palmer stepped back into the public eye at an Usher concert. The actress wore a black leotard under a sheer dress, and was serenaded by Usher near the stage.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 10: (L-R) Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson attend Boss Featuring Keke Palmer terrace after party at The GRAMMY Museum on May 10, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)


When photos and videos of Palmer at the show emerged, Jackson tweeted a thread of now-deleted statements shaming her for her outfit. The thread attracted mass criticism of Jackson. Some even accused him of being jealous of Usher. One now-removed Tweet read “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.” Palmer and Usher’s collaboration comes in direct response to this controversy.

The Backstory

In reaction to Jackson’s criticisms, which many dubbed as misogynistic, Palmer shared more photos of the infamous outfit on her Instagram account.


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The incident sparked plenty of online discourse surrounding the weaponization of therapy speak, the difference between boundaries and control, and misogyny. Shortly after the incident, actor Jonah Hill faced public criticism for sending controlling messages to ex-girlfriend and pro surfer Sarah Brady regarding her clothing choices as well.

“Boyfriend” Featuring Keke

Keke Palmer is featured on the cover art and in the music video for Usher’s new track “Boyfriend.” Palmer’s appearance coupled with the song title is sending shockwaves across social media, with many applauding her apparent response to the July controversy surrounding Jackson’s comments.

The pointed response to Jackson’s criticisms has many X users turning to the meme-ability of the whole situation.


Fans of the singer and actress feel that the track and video were a positive way to take back control of the situation.

Some joke that Usher is an “evil genius” for using the situation to market his music.

Women feel that Keke’s appearance proves that the actress continues to fight misogyny on a public level.

Others are circulating an old video of Usher performing at NPR’s “Tiny Desk” concert series.

The Commentary

Some feel that Palmer’s response to the shaming will encourage other women to speak out about mistreatment from their partners sooner.

The song and video will drop tomorrow on YouTube and streaming platforms. Neither Usher nor Palmer have commented further on the Darius Jackson situation at this time.

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