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Why are people mad at Ellie Kemper?

Social media had some backlash for Ellie Kemper as photos surfaced of her being crowned a princess of a specific, and allegedly racist, event

Ellie Kemper attends the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” FYC event in Los Angeles.
Ellie Kemper attends the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” FYC event at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Los Angeles.
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“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Ellie Kemper was the topic of social media over the weekend after photos surfaced of her being crowned as princess of the Veiled Prophet organization, a 135-year-old civic and philanthropic organization in St. Louis.

What happened over the weekend with Ellie Kemper?

Photos surfaced of Kemper — known for her role as Erin on “The Office” — being crowned “Veiled Prophet Queen of Love and Beauty” in a 1999 ball for the Veiled Prophet organization. Photo from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch showed Kemper winning the position.

Social media criticized the organization because it excluded Black and Jewish people from being members until 1979, according to BuzzFeed News.

  • The group was reportedly founded by a former Confederate officer, too, according to BuzzFeed News.

What is the Veiled Prophet organization?

The organization told USA Today in a statement that the group is “dedicated to civic progress, economic contributions and charitable causes in St. Louis.”

  • “Our organization believes in and promotes inclusion, diversity and equality for this region,” the statement read, according to USA Today. ”We absolutely reject racism and have never partnered or associated with any organization that harbors these beliefs.”

What is the Veiled Prophet ball?

Kemper became the queen at the Veiled Prophet Ball, which happens every year, according to the organization’s website.

  • “Each year, approximately sixty to seventy young women are chosen for their outstanding community service efforts and walk down the magnificent 72-foot-long Veiled Prophet runway in fashionable couture gowns, and in front of family and friends, are presented and honored for their contributions,” according to an event description from the Veiled Prophet organization’s website.

Did Ellie Kemper respond?

  • Kemper has yet to respond to the online criticism.
  • Kemper was reportedly attending Princeton University at the time she won the award. She previously told The Los Angeles Times that she came from a “very privileged, nice, warm childhood.”