'Kimmy Schmidt' Star Ellie Kemper Trends On Twitter After Revelation That She Won A KKK-Adjacent Ball
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'Kimmy Schmidt' Star Ellie Kemper Trends On Twitter After Revelation That She Won A KKK-Adjacent Ball

Twitter has a unique way of pulling facts from someone’s past. Without cause or disruption, an individual can become the target of: “Is this you?”

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper was the recent person who found themselves broadcast on the virtual Summer Jam screen. Recently, she was placed in the hot seat when news surfaced of her  being crowned in St. Louis’s Veiled Prophet Balla debutante ball with apparent ties to the Ku Klux Klan. This isn't actually new news, as there are online records that have been available for a while on Kemper's participation in this when she was a teenager. Still, the this was fresh news to many.

In 1999, Kemper was crowned at the Veiled Prophet Ball.  Although it’s not clear how intertwined the KKK and the Veiled Prophet Ball is today, it doesn’t change that the ball was adjacent to the KKK in St. Louis since its inception in 1878.

As reported by The Daily Dotthe Veiled Prophet Ball “the organization was created by a Confederate veteran, during a period when mystical secret societies were very much in vogue. And the original 1878 'veiled prophet' was an armed man wearing a white robe and hood, a similar outfit to the one the Klan adopted from the anti-Black propaganda movie Birth of a Nation in 1915.”

The publication also noted that the Veiled Prophet Ball was targeted by Black Lives Matter protesters as a symbol of racist power structures in St. Louis society.”  The Atlantic states that “the original Veiled Prophet Ball was a ritualized private event later nicknamed the VP Ball, attached to the city’s Mardi Gras-style VP Parade on the Fourth of July." The ball involves a Veiled Prophet being chosen by “a secret board of local elites.”

Response to the news has been mixed, with many immediately condemning this and others stating that she was too young to know the meaning.

At the time of publishing, Kemper had yet to make a public statement on the resurfacing.

 

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