Meghan Markle's friend Jessica Mulroney 'fired from TV role over social media racism row'
The Duchess of Sussex and Jessica Mulroney in 2016 - WIREIMAGE
The Duchess of Sussex's best friend was released from her role as a television presenter for a Canadian network after arguing over white privileges with a black social media influencer.
Jessica Mulroney, who attended Meghan Markle's wedding to the Duke of Sussex, was released from the CTV show I Do, Redo on Thursday evening after making comments to Sasha Exeter that Mulroney said she had "talked" during a dispute " threatened. against racism that "paralyzed her with fear".
The controversy has resulted in the CTV network removing Mulroney's reality show from its channels and their "recent behavior ... contradicts our commitment to diversity and equality".
The move came after Exeter posted a 12-minute video on Instagram, claiming Mulroney "offended" her call to action by people to join the Black Lives Matter movement.
She said, "What happened next was a series of very problematic behaviors and antics that ultimately resulted in her (Mulroney) sending me a written threat last Wednesday."
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Jessica Mulroney in blue at Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry in 2018 - GETTY IMAGES
Exeter, who has more than 82,000 Instagram followers, said the threat is an example of the "white privilege of the textbook".
She accused Mulroney of sending a message that said, "I also talked to companies and people about how you treated me unfairly. You think your voice is important. Well, it is only important if you share it Express kindness and without shaming people who are simply trying to learn. Good luck. "
Ms. Exeter said she was upset that Mulroney "never" wanted to use her platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement, especially given that it was "very vocal" on other causes.
And she was confused as to why Mulroney would not support the organization, given that her close friend Meghan is "arguably one of the most famous black women in the world".
Mulroney and Meghan have reportedly met in Toronto, where the Duchess lived while filming the suits TV drama.
She frequently appeared on Meghan's Instagram page before it was closed when the former actress was preparing to join the royal family.
Mulroney apologized to Exeter on Thursday and shared a long response with her nearly 400,000 Instagram followers.
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She wrote: "As some of you may have seen, @sashaexeter and I had a controversy. She was right to call on me for not doing enough to engage in the important and difficult conversation about race and injustice in our society .
"I took it personally and that was wrong. I know I have to do it better. Those of us with a platform have to use it to express ourselves."
Mulroney apologized to Exeter and said, "I had no intention of jeopardizing my livelihood. We had a disagreement and it got out of control. I'm sorry."
She also said she would move away from social media and hand her platform over to black voices.
Mulroney added: "I plan to use this time to think, learn and listen. I also asked Sasha if she would be willing to take over my account whenever she feels comfortable and tells her story.
"The real work of making change goes beyond Instagram and I want you all to know that I commit to using every platform and resource available to me to continue the important work of anti-racism. I hope you everyone will continue to hold me responsible. "
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