Actress Ellie Kemper has now issued a full online apology after it was revealed that she won an elite beauty paegent in her hometown of St. Louis when she was 19 which many believed was racist.
As The New York Post reports:
Ellie Kemper has issued an apology after photos surfaced showing the actress being crowned the queen of a ball with ties to white supremacy when she was a teen.
The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star, now 41, said she didn’t know the history of St. Louis’ Veiled Prophet Ball when she decided to participate, but isn’t making excuses for her past involvement.
“Hi guys – when I was 19 years old, I decided to participate in a debutante ball in my hometown. The century-old organization that hosted the debutante ball had an unquestionably racist, sexist, and elitist past,” she began her lengthy Instagram post.
Kemper explained that she was “not aware of the history” at the time but that “ignorance is no excuse.”
APOLOGY OF THE DAY: Actress Ellie Kemper apologizes for participating in debutante ball held by Veiled Prophet, which some have said has racist past. Ellie says “I unequivocally deplore, denounce, and reject white supremacy.” Ellie adds she was unaware of history of organization. pic.twitter.com/JolVq3CmAJ
— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) June 7, 2021
Is Kemper’s apology a good thing, or rather the sign of someone bullied into doing something or risk having their life and career ruined by strangers on the internet?