Cancel Culture Comes for Actress Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper was crowned queen at a debutante ball as a teen two decades ago. The organization hosting it had a history of segregation, so naturally the left is calling Kemper a racist.


Actress Ellie Kemper, most known for her roles on The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, has been called a “KKK princess” after a 20-year-old photo of her attendance at a debutante ball was unearthed.


reporting from the left side of the aisle




  • The Daily Mail’s reporting on the outrage noted “Kemper had no know history of being racist.” The fact that this even had to be printed demonstrates how absurd and ridiculous this controversy is. 
  • The Daily Wire noted the many inconsistent leaps made in reporting that attempts to tie Veiled Prophet to the Ku Klux Klan, even though there is “undeniable racism” intertwined in the organization’s past, while defending Kemper’s participation as “obvious” given her family’s social status in St. Louis. 
  • RedState criticized cancel culture, saying it is going after “one of its own” (meaning a liberal), and that the vitriol would be expected if Kemper appeared in blackface (like the Governor of Virginia did) or was caught using racial slurs, but that “Kemper participated in a fancy ball” once run by racists as a teen and by the transitive properties of woke-ism, she must be racist also.

Author’s Take

This is one of the most profoundly dishonest and infantile attempts at cancel culture ever undertaken. In no just world would the participant of a debutante ball 20 years after it was integrated be held responsible for the segregated history of its organizers. At no point was there ever a connection between Veiled Prophet and the Ku Klux Klan, but a random twitter user uttering the phrase launched a dozen media hits comparing the two.

So many of these reports were written to inflame the fires of the culture war, encourage outrage clicks, and drive revenue.  All because a handful of Twitter users found a photo of an actress wearing a white ball gown as a teenager.

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