Keke Palmer Battles With FAMU Students on Twitter Over Hazing Allegations
Keke Palmer Blasted by FAMU Students
While some celebrities make it a point to keep their personal opinions off social networks, one 18-year-old entertainer is making her views on a recent scandal well known. Keke Palmer of Akeelah and the Bee fame was harshly criticized on Twitter Monday for speaking on hazing rituals, much like the one that left FAMU drum major Robert Champion dead last fall. “This hazing stuff makes me so angry. How are you blundering people to death?,” asked the teen star. “That is not brotherhood or sisterhood, to beat someone.” It hurts me sometimes the things that are called acceptable. To beat someone on their behind with WOOD?! Rest in peace Champion,” Palmer added.
With Palmer’s views clearly expressed, a number of FAMU students jumped at the opportunity to challenge her. “It’s the fact that it happened in November 2011 and it’s still a sensitive subject. Doing a random rant in July 2012?!”, wrote one FAMU fan. “First of all, who said my school’s legacy was hazing? I simply said don’t SINGLE US OUT! Come correct Lauren,” chimed in another. Obviously perturbed by the responses, Palmer wrote a series of tweets defending herself and her personal opinion. “I don’t care what school you’re from, I disagree with hazing especially when it can cause death,” she wrote. “If you think that’s fun, it’s on you.”
Before Palmer’s public outrage, the death of Robert Champion, a non-FAMU student but active band member turned drum major, caused massive fallout. Earlier this month, the president of the University announced his resignation just after the parents of Champion alleged that the school “failed to properly supervise, train, discipline and control the FAMU band and decided to pursue $15,000 in damages. Thirteen Marching 100 members have been charged in the death of Champion; 11 of which could face up to six years in prison.
Check out more of Keke’s tweets below. Was she wrong for sharing her personal opinion?-danielle canada