Twitter users have been quick to paint actor Ellie Kemper as racist after her never-secret teenage involvement in an elite society’s celebration in St. Louis, Mo., recently resurfaced online. They’ve even gone so far as to call her a “KKK Princess.”
Confused? Here’s the backstory: In December 1999, when she was 19, the star of “The Office” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was honored by an organization with a racially exclusionary past. Some have claimed the group has ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
Others, including the professor whose writings are being used by some on Twitter to criticize Kemper, are baffled by the brouhaha.