Jessica Mulroney Apologizes After Not Engaging In A ‘Difficult Conversation Around Race’
"I know I need to do better."
Celebs are getting called out. Canadian fashion stylistrecently shared an apology after getting into a heated disagreement with Black lifestyle blogger Sasha Exeter. The two have been engaged in public and private discussions which Exeter opened up about with her followers.
According to the founder of So Sasha, she compared Mulroney to an "Amy Cooper" like experience for the past two weeks.
"I have felt like a complete fraud fighting for racial equality and using my voice openly here, while letting a white woman silence mine behind closed doors," Exeter wrote in the caption of her nearly 12-minute long IGTV video.
"In sharing this very personal story, I know that I am risking a lot. Opening myself up to criticism, bullying and potential ramifications with my job in this space. However, I must speak my truth. Enough is enough."
Exeter claims that last week she made a call to action post urging influencers to use their platforms to join the conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Though she didn't directly name anyone who has failed to use their influential power to speak up, Mulroney reportedly took offence to the post.
"What happened next was a series of very problematic behaviour and antics, that ultimately resulted in her sending me a threat in writing last Wednesday, June 3," Exeter explains in her video. She added that Mulroney blocked her on Instagram as well.
"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 colour of her skin. And that is, my friends, what gave her the momentary confidence to come for my livelihood in writing."
Exeter, who explains that she and Mulroney used to be acquaintances, said she has two issues with the mom of three not using her platform to speak up about racial inequality.
The first was that Mulroney didn't want to stand up and use her voice for this current world issue despite being vocal about other causes.
"Also, her best friend is arguably one of the most famous Black women in the world," Exeter adds, referring to Mulroney's.
Reason number two is that Exeter believes Mulroney wrongly believes the generic call to action post was a "direct and blatant call out to her."
In a lengthy comment that the 40-year-old left on Exeter's video, she wrote, "I know we have different experiences. And that is something that, even in the course of a heated argument, I need to acknowledge and understand. I am unequivocally sorry for not doing that with you, and for any hurt I caused."
Mulroney took to her own account today to share a five-part statement saying, "[Exeter] 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."
She 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 jeopardizes her livelihood. We had a disagreement and it got out of hand. For that I am sorry."
Mulroney explained that she would be stepping back from her social media in the coming days in order to give her "microphone to Black voices". She offered to let Exeter take over her account and share her story "whenever she is comfortable."