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Unveiled: How St. Louis' secret society is responding to the Ellie Kemper fiasco

ST. LOUIS — For more than a century, association with the Order of the Veiled Prophet has been the mark of elite wealth and power in St. Louis. A secret society, it has been run by some of the top business executives and patriarchs in the region. And, every year, it hosts an $800,000 ball, of white gloves, tuxedos and elegant gowns, in honor of its work.
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Unveiled: How St. Louis' secret society is responding to the Ellie Kemper fiasco

ST. LOUIS — For more than a century, association with the Order of the Veiled Prophet has been the mark of elite wealth and power in St. Louis. A secret society, it has been run by some of the top business executives and patriarchs in the region. And, every year, it hosts an $800,000 ball, of white gloves, tuxedos and elegant gowns, in honor of its work.
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Famous friends back Ellie Kemper following race row drama

Actress Ellie Kemper's celebrity friends have jumped to her defence after she apologised for taking part in a debutante ball with a racist past while still a teenager. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star, 41, was targeted online last week when it was discovered she was crowned the Queen of Love and Beauty at the Veiled Prophet Ball in 1999, which was founded by wealthy white elites with links to the Confederacy in 1878.
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Editorial: Too much ado about Ellie Kemper, not enough about Veiled Prophet's legacy

Every town has its strange, outdated traditions. Thanks to social media, many people recently learned about one of St. Louis’. And one St. Louisan in particular, perhaps unfairly, bore much of the backlash. As the world and many younger St. Louisans learn about the 143-year history of the Veiled Prophet, the time has come to ask whether such an organization, whose history is so defined by the city’s racist and classist past, should even exist in modern St. Louis.
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Ellie Kemper doesn't deserve this

(CNN) — Ellie Kemper, an actress best known for her TV roles in "The Office" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," found herself trending on Twitter over Memorial Day weekend, branded a "KKK Princess" after a photo of her at a Missouri debutante ball when she was 19 went viral. It wasn't...
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess supports Ellie Kemper after she shares apology

Tituss Burgess has expressed his support for Ellie Kemper after she apologised for participating in what she described as a “racist, sexist, and elitist” ball in the 1990s.Kemper issued the apology on Monday via Instagram, after a photo of herself at the 1999 Veiled Prophet Ball in St Louis, Missouri resurfaced on social media.“When I was 19 years old, I decided to participate in a debutante ball in my hometown,” she wrote in part.“The century-old organisation that hosted the debutante ball had an unquestionably racist, sexist, and elitist past. I was not aware of this history at the time, but...
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Ellie Kemper Defended By Friend & Co-Star Tituss Burgess

Ellie Kemper has a long few weeks of apologizing and accountability ahead of her, after it was revealed she was crowned the winner of the historically racist St. Louis Prophet Ball in 1999. She responded to the controversy in a lengthy Instagram post where she detailed how she was unaware of the prejudice surrounding the ball and condemned white supremacy, and now her dear friend Tituss Burgess is stepping up alongside her. Burgess told Page Six that he has been in communication with the Office star, who has largely been silent on social media aside from her apology, and said briefly that the actress was doing well in the midst of all the drama.
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Ellie Kemper Apologizes for Role in KKK-Adjacent Beauty Pageant

Ellie Kemper is holding herself fully accountable. The former Office star and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star has found herself stuck in the most unusual and unexpected of scandals:. Late last month, the public learned that Kemper took part in Missouri’s Veiled Prophet ball at the age of 19, even being...