The Veiled Prophet: The secret society behind Ellie Kemper controversy

ST. LOUIS — Actress and St. Louis sweetheart Ellie Kemper is at the center of a new controversy over one of the city's oldest traditions.

The "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "The Office" star was named the "queen of love and beauty" at the 1999 Veiled Prophet Ball. Twitter users discovering this over the weekend dubbed the actress a "KKK prom queen" for her participation. She was 19 at the time.

“You know, you get on Twitter and that's a great place to fire off a hot take. But it might not really dive into the complexity that an issue like this deserves,” said Adam Kloeppe.

He, however, has taken the plunge, as a public historian for the Missouri Historical Society.

Kemper is one of more than 130 other young women to wear the crown since the organization was founded more than as many years ago.

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