has defended his "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" co-star Ellie Kemper
after she apologized for her participation in a racist
Kemper went viral
last week after images on social media
showed her being crowned as the "Queen of Love and Beauty" at the 1999 Veiled Prophet
Ball in Missouri
The event, which began more than 140 years ago, is presided over by a "veiled prophet" wearing a Ku Klux Klan-style hood, hence the title, and was created to bring together the city's white business
elite to highlight their economic and racial power.
Kemper issued a five-part apology
on Monday, explaining how she participated in an "unquestionably racist, sexist, and elitist past" when she was 19 years old.
“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,” she explained. “I unequivocally deplore, denounce, and reject white supremacy
, while acknowledging that I am the beneficiary of a system that has dispensed unequal justice and unequal rewards because of my race and privilege.”
She apologized to "the people
I've disappointed," and promised that "going forward, I will listen, continue to educate myself, and use my privilege in support of the better society I believe we're capable of becoming."
Burgess, who co-starred with Kemper in the aforementioned Netflix comedy
series, reposted the apology with the caption: "I love my Ellie, Oh, & P.S. Next time, just ask me, I'll tell ya what to do."
Tituss Burgess (@instatituss) shared this post.
“I love you Tituss,” said Kemper in response to the post.