Ellie Kemper addresses involvement in white supremacist debutante ball

Jun 07, 2021 10:53

https://instagram.com/p/CP02q0Nt3-8

Follow up to this post.

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. I was not aware of this history at the time, but it is no excuse. I was old ( Read more... )

apology / damage control, unbreakable kimmy schmidt (netflix), the office (nbc), race / racism

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altheablue June 7 2021, 18:24:42 UTC
Well this is much less of a non-apology than what I was expecting

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emptyobsidian June 7 2021, 18:26:11 UTC
I'm surprised her apology actually acknowledges the racist and terrible past of the organization, especially since so many people were roaring in to defend how it actually isn't racist because it isn't "officially" the KKK. I expected a pretty big non-apology following the same lines.

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skyler_white_yo June 7 2021, 18:35:18 UTC
That other post had me scratching my head. “technically wasn’t the KKK, so I don’t need to be ashamed to say I liked her in the Office and liked Kimmy Schmidt”

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bakemonos June 7 2021, 19:19:49 UTC
Can we get a round up of the people trying to say it wasn't with the KKK?

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blorpz June 7 2021, 21:52:05 UTC
left looking eyeballs emoji x 3

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hardto_remember June 7 2021, 18:27:36 UTC
At least she knows how to put that old money to good use on decent PR

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winx June 7 2021, 19:15:38 UTC
Right? They’d better be getting a big old Christmas bonus for this work.

Addresses the problem head on, acknowledges culpability, double points for saying age wasn’t an excuse not to be educated on the matter (but also cleverly keeps the excuse in the back of our minds just by mentioning it), ties it into structural inequality, even gets a bit meta about responding to criticism as a whole.

Overall, 9/10, a point off for the ‘these are the values I live my life by’ bit and the ever present ‘moving forward’.
Influencers take note.

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hardto_remember June 7 2021, 19:28:45 UTC
The only positive outcome for this would be the workers getting a bonuses, I'm with you there lmao and maybe celebs realising they do need someone who actually knows what they are doing (and that they should pay them veeeery well)

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thebloomroom June 7 2021, 18:28:32 UTC

orangutanis June 7 2021, 18:29:37 UTC
she understood institutional racism better than commenters in the previous post lol

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goldie3 June 7 2021, 18:35:43 UTC
Were earlier posts messy? I didn't know who she was so didn't really go through the posts, then came to know on twitter that its erin on office

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doverz June 7 2021, 18:38:28 UTC
There was a lot of "but the ball wasn't associated with the KKK!" going on.

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orangutanis June 7 2021, 18:38:30 UTC
lots of "well she wasn't in the literal KKK so I guess that means this ball isn't a racist institution"

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