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Ellie Kemper apologizes for participating in controversial pageant as a teen

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“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” actress Ellie Kemper is apologizing for participating in the Veiled Prophet Ball, a debutante ball in St. Louis with racist origins, some two decades ago, when she was 19. She wrote on Instagram: “I was not aware of the history at the time, but ignorance is no excuse.”