Ellie Kemper broke her silence after old photos showed the star participating in a debutante ball years ago, which is linked to an organization accused of racism.
“Hello guys – when I was 19, I decided to take part in a debut ball in my hometown,” the actress wrote in a long Instagram post on Monday. “The centuries-old organization that hosted the debut ball had a clear racist, sexist and elitist past. I was unaware of the story at the time, but ignorance was no excuse. I was old enough to be educated before joining. “
“I unequivocally regret, condemn and reject the supremacy of whites,” the actress continued. “At the same time, I acknowledge that because of my race and my privilege, I am a beneficiary of a system that distributes unequal justice and unequal rewards.”
“It’s only natural to be tempted, when you become the target of internet criticism, to tell yourself that your detractors misunderstand everything,” Kemper continued. “But at some point last week, I realized that much of the force behind the criticism is a force with which I have spent my life supporting and agreeing.”
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“I strongly believe in the values of kindness, integrity and inclusion,” she said. “I try to live my life in accordance with these values. If my experience is an indication that organizations and institutions with a past that do not meet these beliefs must be held accountable, then I must see this experience in a positive light. “
“I want to apologize to the people I have disappointed, and I promise that I will continue to listen, continue to learn and use my privilege to support the better society that I believe we are capable of becoming,” she concluded. . . “Thank you for reading this.”
The 41-year-old, known for her iconic roles in “The Office” and “Irresistible Kimi Schmidt” on Netflix, faced a backlash after the photos were unveiled over the weekend for Remembrance Day. The images show that the actress participated in an event from 1999, known in St. Louis as the “Closed Ball of the Prophet”. At the time, Kemper, then a 19-year-old student, was crowned “Queen of Love and Beauty” at the event, a title given to more than 100 participants.
According to the Veiled Prophet Organization’s website, the winners hold the title for one year.
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The original images of the organization of the “veiled prophet” are widely considered. In 2014, the Atlantic Ocean announced that it depicted a similar appearance of a clanman. However, Rolling Stone noted that the ball preceded the Ku Klux Klan by several decades.
At the time, Kemper officials did not respond to Fox News’s numerous requests for comment. In a statement to Fox News on Tuesday, the Organization of the Veiled Prophet (vice president) condemned racism.
“The organization of vice presidents is dedicated to civic progress, economic contribution and charitable causes in St. Louis. Our organization believes in and promotes inclusion, diversity and equality for the entire region. We absolutely reject racism and have never associated with any organization that has such. beliefs, “the statement said.
The vice president also confirmed to Fox News that in 1999, Kemper was crowned Queen of Love and Beauty.
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While the competition only allowed white entrants when it was founded in 1878, banning blacks and Jewish Americans, it welcomed its first black members in 1979, 20 years before Kemper’s participation at the age of 19 and one year before she was born.
Thomas Spencer, a professor at the University of Texas A&M Kingsville, wrote a book on the subject entitled “The Feast of the Prophets of St. Louis: The Veiled Parade, 1877-1995.” In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Spencer claimed that the ball that Kemper attended was a debutant’s ball, but spoke of his history of racist allegations.
“The first parade has quite obvious racial symbolism and intimidation. The vice president was armed, and there was an executioner’s block on the float, etc.,” Spencer told the store.
Spencer goes on to say that the vice presidents’ organization was “almost closed” in the 1970s due to protests. The author further stated that despite the allegations, there was no evidence of a link between the organization and the KKK.
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Still, “KKK Princess” appeared on Twitter, with users claiming that the “Bridesmaids” actress should be canceled.
“Eli Kemper was raised in a wealthy family, separate from an elite society. She was attending Princeton University when she crowned the KKK princess at the age of 19. I am 100% sure that she was well acquainted with the history of the Blurred Prophetic Ball, “one user wrote.
In another tweet, the user further stated: “I know for sure that her parents are preparing her to be the KKK princess of their secret society for years leading up to this.”
One man added: “I mean ….. Ellie Kemper was obviously crowned in a legal kkk beauty contest, so …. people are obviously changing, so that doesn’t mean she’s a terrible person * now * , but …. can benefit from offering some explanation for the changes since then. “
Another claims that the Kansas City-born Kemper comes from “one of the richest families in the state.” She’s a camper. It’s like a royalty from Missouri, “he said.
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As it has become a hot topic on the social media platform, several have condemned Twitter for allowing the spread of false rumors about the star.
“It’s not true! Stop #twittershaming with fake facts !!!!” one argued.
“Your tweet embodies the bad on Twitter. People who write with ‘100% certainty’ about the inner motivation of people they’ve never met,” wrote another.
One user added: “You mean the organization that diversified before it was even born? The one that even today donates large sums to the community and has a free celebration on July 4? You should be ashamed …”
Twitter did not immediately return Fox News’s request for comment.
Fox News’ Courtney O’Brien and Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.