Actress Elie Kemper issued an apology, Monday, for taking part in the Veiled Prophet Ball in 1999, after allegations surfaced on social media that the ball was affiliated with racists, sexists, and the Confederacy — with some Twitter commentators even going so far as to call Kemper a “KKK Princess” for attending the ball more than two decades ago.
Kemper noted, in her apology, posted to Instagram, that she did not know, in 1999, that the organization had a controversial history but admitted that “ignorance is no excuse.”
“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,” Kemper said. I was not aware of this history at the time, but ignorance is no excuse. I was old enough to have educated myself before getting involved. I unequivocally deplore, denounce, and reject white supremacy. At the same time,