Probably few outside of St. Louis, Missouri, may have never heard of the “Shrouded Ball of the Prophets” until last weekend. Still, the debut ball and the host organization were in the spotlight on social media after it was announced that actress Ellie Kemper from Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt she was proclaimed queen of love and beauty in 1999 when she was just 19 years old.
According to Atlantic,, the ball began as a white-only event organized by the Prophet Veil Organization, which “emphasized the existing power structure”. When it started in St. Louis in 1878, black Americans and Jews were banned. The organization was allegedly founded by former Confederate supporters.
A very rich and famous thing
Kemper, who hails from a wealthy Midwestern family, is not the first high-profile individual to attend the ball, which is largely not circulating on social media. In fact, Margaret Truman, the daughter of former Miss Harryri-born President Harry S. Truman, had previously been a guest of the Shrouded Prophets as well as former President Grover Cleveland and his wife.
Moreover, although the club remained fairly exclusive, the VPO actually split in 1979, a year before Kemper was born, and by the time she became VP queen in 1999, the group had tried to move away from their fanatical origins. However, the very fact in which she participated brought Ms. Kemper the nickname “KKK Princess” on social media.
Some users focused on the group and its past because of the social goal, instead of focusing on the actress. CNN commentator i New York Times bestselling author Keith Boykin (@Keithboykin) posted on Twitter, “I don’t know much about Ellie Kemper, but growing up in St. Louis in the 1970s and 1980s, I remember the Veiled Prophets Fair very well. They always told me that, just for whites. Racial segregation was so normalized that people were only expected to know their place. “
However, many quickly defended the actress, who was still a teenager when she was proclaimed “queen”.
“There’s no evidence that Ellie Kemper is racist. So it’s natural that Twitter is in trend, and blue checks call her the ‘Princess KKK.’ What an absolute piece of rubbish,” wrote Ben Shaprio of Fox News.
Let the mockery begin
By Tuesday afternoon, numerous memes were circulating that gathered a feeling for many.
The third ones were just kidding with the situation and the nonsense that something so old of course would show up for the world to see.
“Ellie Kemper was on a TV show called ‘Office’ and do you know who else had an office? Hitler,” wrote user @murderxbryan.
@engargins added another fake link, “And starring ‘Kimmy Schmidt.’ ‘Schmidt’ certainly sounds like a German name to me! … “
“And formed from … bunkers! The connections are endless,” piled up on @LawyerSimple.
While it was good to see some openly mocking this nonsense as it was, the fact that something once considered harmless is so demonized shows the state of the culture of cancellation, but also how social media is able to intimidate almost everything. If there are skeletons in the closet, chances are they will find their way to social media – just so the world can become a court of public opinion.
“Is the participation of any actress at the 1999 ball really the most urgent issue of 2021,” thought technology and communications analyst Roger Entner of Recon Analytics.
“Well, it just shows you that the Internet doesn’t forget what anyone has done at any given time, no matter how irrelevant,” Entner added.