Meghan Markle’s Best Friend Jessica Mulroney Has Been Fired From Several Gigs For White Privileged Behavior
Over the past few weeks, people have felt empowered to speak up and call out racist and problematic behavior that they might otherwise have not felt comfortable speaking up about. And as a result, there’s a whole lot of people who have suddenly decided to “step back” for some time of “self-reflection” and “personal growth.” And the latest to do that is Meghan Markle’s best friend and sometime babysitter, Jessica Mulroney.
For those who don’t watch daytime Canadian TV or low-stakes wedding reality shows, I’ll fill you in as to who we’re talking about, because I know some of your first responses to this news might have been “…who?“. Jessica Mulroney is the wife of Ben Mulroney, son of a former Prime Minister and an entertainment reporter. Jessica is a stylist who sometimes talks fashion on Good Morning America and Toronto-based daytime lifestyle show Cityline. She was also given a wedding reality series called I Do, Redo. She’s also Meghan Markle’s best friend. Jessica’s twin sons Brian and John, and daughter Ivy, were in Meghan and Prince Harry’s bridal party. When Harry and Meghan were reportedly trying to figure out their post-Sussexodus living situation, Meghan left baby Archie in Jessica’s care for a while. Jessica was also accused of registering a shady-looking Sussex charity site, although she denied she or her own charity, The Shoebox Project, had anything to do with it.
That brings us to Wednesday when Canadian lifestyle blogger Sasha Exeter, who is a Black woman, shared her “Amy Cooper experience” on social media. Sasha explained that after she had posted a generic call to action about Black Lives Matter on Instagram, Jessica swooped into her DMs and accused her of using that post to call Jessica out. Which was possibly fueled by the fact that Jessica hadn’t said shit about BLM to her nearly 400,000 followers on Instagram.
Sasha says that wasn’t her intention, and doesn’t understand why Jessica took it so personally. But personally, she did! Jessica allegedly spoke to various companies about the way Sasha “treated” her “unfairly.” She finished by telling Sasha:
“You think your voice matters. Well it only matters if you express it with kindness and without shaming people who are simply trying to learn. Good luck.”
So Sasha publicly called Jessica out.
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I’ve been silent. Not anymore! I’m used to being so transparent on this platform. I think it’s the main reason why most of you follow me. Today, I’m opening up about something that has been haunting me for the last week. 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. 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. Hopefully my voice will be heard by many and help change things for the next generation and for my daughter Maxwell… because I will be dammed if my child ever has to deal with this level of ignorance.
Sasha says she had to call out Jessica’s behavior, because it was a classic case of Entitled White Lady using her power, wealth, and influence to punish a person of color. Jessica couldn’t hide from Sasha’s accusations, because Sasha was smart and screen grabbed everything. So Jessica issued a public apology on her Instagram page:
But behind the scenes, it was a different story. Sasha says that right after Jessica issued that deeply sincere apology on Instagram, Jessica sent her a DM informing her that she will be filing a “liable suit.”
After Sasha exposed Jessica’s two-faced antics, Jessica started losing jobs. Her TV show I Do, Redo was pulled by CTV, who explained that they expect their entire team of on-air personalities to “practice respect, inclusivity, and allyship.” Several brands that have sponsored Jessica on Instagram or worked with her in person have bailed. Cityline announced Jessica will not be asked back to the show, which makes total sense, considering Cityline is hosted by Tracy Moore, a Black woman.
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Jessica addressed the situation on Twitter, which seemed like a strange choice to me. I honestly thought we were going to get an Instagram video of her crying into a $980 monogrammed silk hanky, asking, “Doesn’t ANYONE want to hear me suggest how to style a date night dress with a moto jacket?!?” Here’s what she had to say, and of course she’s taking time to reflect on her actions.
— jessica mulroney (@jessicamulroney) June 11, 2020
No word from Meghan Markle about what she thinks of her best friend maliciously threatening to end a Black woman’s career. But if I had to guess, I’d say she’s probably pissed. At the very least, she probably called Jessica up and screamed, “Liable? LIABLE?? I spent seven seasons on Suits – did you even watch one episode?”