Jessica Mulroney has issued an official apology after news surfaced that the Canadian fashion stylist threatened the career opportunities of a Black lifestyle blogger because she reportedly felt targeted for having “white privilege.”
In case you missed it, Canadian lifestyle blogger Sasha Exeter exposed Mulroney in a 12-minute Instagram video called, "My Amy Cooper Experience”—a reference to the white woman (also Canadian) who called the police on a Black birdwatcher in Central Park last month.
In the video posted on Wednesday (June 10), Exeter claims that Mulroney "took offense" to a “generic call-to-action” that encouraged fellow social media influencers to use their platforms to speak out for the Black Lives Matter movement.
"What happened next was a series of very problematic behavior and antics that ultimately resulted in [Mulroney] sending me a threat in writing last Wednesday," Exeter shared.
According to Exeter, Mulroney said she had spoken to brands, “about the way you have treated me unfairly.”
"Listen, I am by no means calling Jess a racist but what I will say is this, she is very well aware of her wealth, her perceived power and privilege because of the color of her skin. And that, my friends, gave her the momentary confidence to come for my livelihood in writing," Exeter added before calling the threat an example of "textbook white privilege."
Jessica also wrote a comment under Exeter's video, alluding to Meghan Markle, the common, I have a Black friend excuse.
Jessica wrote, "I have lived a very public and personal experinece with my closest friend where race was front and centre. It was deeply educational. I learned a lot from that."
Well, clearly, not enough.
On Thursday, Mulroney shared this statement on Instagram.
"As some of you may have seen, @SashaExeter and I had a disagreement," she wrote on Instagram. "She rightfully called me out for not doing enough when it came to engaging in the important and difficult conversation around race and injustice in our society. I took it personally and that was wrong. I know I need to do better. Those of us with a platform must use it to speak out."
Mulroney continued, “I want to say from my heart that every word of my apologies to Sasha over the course of the last two weeks privately, and again both publicly and privately today is true. I did not intend in any way to jeopardize her livelihood. We had a disagreement and it got out of hand. For that I am sorry.”
She went on to say she would be stepping down for social media to give her “microphone to Black voices by having them take over my account and share their experience.”
Following the highly-publicized quarrel, the CTV network pulled Mulroney's reality series "I Do, Redo" from the air because it “conflicts with our commitment to diversity and equality.”
(Photo: George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sick Kids Hospital)
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