‘The Office’ Actress Ellie Kemper Is Getting Canceled On Social Media For Previously Being A ‘KKK Princess’

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  • Actress Ellie Kemper is facing backlash for participating in the St. Louis’ Veiled Prophet Ball.
  • The St. Louis’ Veiled Prophet Ball has a history of racism.
  • Kemper is set to star in Disney’s upcoming Home Alone reboot.

Actress Ellie Kemper, who has starred in popular comedy series such as The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is being canceled by social media users who are calling her a “KKK princess” or a “KKK pageant queen”.

Kemper, now 41-years-old, participated in and was named the 1999 Queen of Love and Beauty at St. Louis’ Veiled Prophet Ball. Photos of the event from over 20 years ago have recently gone viral due to the fact that the St. Louis’ Veiled Prophet Ball has a controversial past.

While the St. Louis’ Veiled Prophet Ball has no direct ties to the Ku Klux Klan, the Veiled Prophet Organization previously barred African-Americans and Jewish-Americans from joining. Those rules were not changed until 1979.

According to The Atlantic, who wrote about the St. Louis’ Veiled Prophet Ball back in 2014, the event “emphasized the existing power structure” of St. Louis by a society of “wealthy and well-connected locals”.

Feeling the heat from industrial competitors to the North and labor unrest inside the city, the business elite of St. Louis decided in 1878 to double down on the static racial and economic power structure of the city. The Veiled Prophet Ball and Fair was a powerful symbol of that reassertion of control.

 

Not everyone was quick to cancel Kemper, though:

At the time of this writing, Kemper has yet to make a public statement on her participation in the St. Louis’ Veiled Prophet Ball.

In addition to her role of Erin Hannon in The Office and Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kemper is known for her roles in films such as Get Him To The Greek, Bridesmaids, 21 Jump Street, Identity Thief, Sex Tape, The Secret Life of Pets, and The Lego Batman Movie. She’s also set to star as Pam in Disney’s upcoming Home Alone remake.