Cancel culture is a very real and present thing, it often disguise’s it self as accountability for some folks that may have a checkered past or hiding unsavory behavior that they are striving to bury.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Actress Ellie Kemper has apologized for participating in a debutante ball hosted by a St. Louis organization that had racist, elitist past.
The 41-year-old St. Louis native was criticized on Twitter after it was revealed that when she was 19, she was named “Queen of Love and Beauty” at St Louis Veiled Prophet Ball.
The Veiled Prophet Organization dates back to the late 1800s.
It didn’t allow Black members until 1979.
Andddd Ellie Kemper’s notesapp apology just dropped. pic.twitter.com/ICy7BSXoj1
— Tess Yocom (@TessYocom) June 7, 2021
Kemper expressed on her Instagram that she was unaware at the time of the history of the Veiled Prophet, but “ignorance is no excuse.”
According to the Associated Press, the organization issued its own statement saying they acknowledges their past and recognized the critics levied their way, adding that they reject racism “in any form.”
This could be a learning opportunity for Kemper to really do some real research before she associates herself with an organization in the future.