Tituss Burgess, co-star of Ellie Kemper’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” expressed his support after she apologized for her involvement in Veiled Prophet Ball.
The 41-year-old actress took to Instagram on Monday to issue a statement apologizing after she faced backlash over photos discovered over Memorial Day weekend. This shows that she attended an event in 1999 known in St. Louis as At the time, Kemper, a 19-year-old college student, took the title. “Queen of love and beauty” at the controversial event which many believe is rooted in racism. The organization quickly issued a statement condemning the racism after the photo went viral.
On Monday, shortly after Kemper made a statement, Burgess re-shared the post on his Instagram with a caption praising his former co-star.
“I love my Ellie,” he wrote. “Oh, and P.S. next time, ask me. I̵7;ll tell you what to do.”
Kemper responded to writing the post: “I love you Tituss.”
CHRISSY TEIGEN has remained silent on social media since the cyber scandal.
Kemper opened an initial apology, noting that she believed the organization had problems in the past. But noted that she didn’t know about it when she was 19.
“Hello everyone, when I was 19, I decided to attend the debut party in my hometown,” the actress wrote. “The hundred-year-old organization that organizes inaugural football has an undoubtedly racist, sexist and noble past. I didn’t know this history back then. But ignorance is not an excuse. I am old enough to learn myself before I get involved.”
“I express my condolences, condemnation and denial of white supremacy,” the actress continued. “At the same time I acknowledge that due to my race and privileges I am a beneficiary of a system that distributes unequal justice and unequal rewards.”
The star went on to explain: Although she was the one who was criticized for her contributions. But she believes that the people who hold her accountable are the people she supports and agrees with in other contexts.
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“I strongly believe in the value of compassion. honesty and inclusion,” she said. “I try to live by these values. If my experience is any indication, these disbelief past organizations and institutions should be considered. I have to look at this experience in an optimistic light.”
Although the contest only allowed whites to participate when it was established in 1878, blacks and Jewish Americans were banned. But it welcomed its first black member in 1979, 20 years before Kemper joined at 19 and a year before her birth. The contest did not seem to have any concrete relationship. Against the Ku Klux Klan, however, that hasn’t stopped “KKK Princess” from trending on Twitter amid the “The Office” star’s counterattack.
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“Once upon contemplating The masked prophetic organization acknowledges our past and recognizes the criticism it charges our way. We sincerely apologize for our actions and images from our history,” the organization told Fox News in a statement on Monday. “Furthermore, our lack of awareness of our culture is wrong. We are committed to change Make our actions consistent with the organization we are today.”
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Additionally, the organization “denies all forms of racism” and is now “committed to diversity and equality in our membership. Community Service Initiatives and support for the region,” according to their statement.
Fox News’ Melissa Roberto and Nate Day contributed to the report.