Jessica Mulroney ‘steps away’ from the Shoebox Project’s board of directors

Jessica Mulroney arrives at Good Morning America tv show in NYC!

Jessica Mulroney lost jobs and sponsors in the days following her racist garbage against Sasha Exeter. Some of those jobs are probably “on hold,” but some of the positions probably won’t be there ever again. I honestly can’t see Good Morning America wanting Mulroney back? Maybe in five or six months, she’ll be able to do some gigs on Canadian television, but the deals won’t really be the same as before. That’s my guess. In any case, Jessica hasn’t just lost jobs and sponsors, she’s also “quitting” the charity she founded.

Jessica Mulroney has quit the charity she had founded with her sisters-in-law after she became embroiled in a race row with a black influencer — a scandal that has also allegedly led to the demise of her friendship with Meghan Markle. The Canadian stylist, 40, stepped down from the board of directors of The Shoebox Project just a few days after Sasha Exeter accused her of ‘white privilege,’ revealing Jessica had threatened to sue her following their private war of words over racism.

The charity, which collects and distributes gifts in the form of shoeboxes to at-risk women in shelters, was founded by Jessica and her husband Ben Mulroney’s high-profile sisters Caroline, Vanessa, and Katy Mulroney. In a statement shared on Instagram, the charity said: ‘Jessica Mulroney is a founding member of The Shoebox Project and she has dedicated herself to its growth and success over the years, for which we are very grateful. In light of recent events, the charity supports Jessica’s decision to step away from the Board of Directors.’

The charity also vowed to do better to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) women moving forward. ‘To our valued supporters and volunteers, we believe in a world where women feel seen, and are treated with compassion, dignity, and respect. As an organization, we are deeply committed to do better for Black and Indigenous women who have been systematically oppressed in Canada and around the world. This is not an issue that will be solved overnight. We pledge to make race an ongoing conversation that occurs regularly and at every level of our organization.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Once again, I have to point out that this is yet another example of white privilege, the fact that Jessica is the one to “quit” or “step down” from all of these jobs, charities and such. Jessica is being allowed to write the narrative of her own well-deserved public shaming, almost like she’s “allowing” it to happen on her terms. Which is horses-t. She deserved to be fired for cause from a lot of these positions and jobs.

As for Jessica and Duchess Meghan, Entertainment Tonight had another update:

Meghan Markle is taking a step back from her close friendship with Jessica Mulroney, a source tells ET. Markle and Mulroney have been best friends since before the former Suits actress married Prince Harry, but a source tells ET that amid the 40-year-old stylist’s recent controversy — which began when influencer Sasha Exeter shared how Mulroney “took offense” to her call to action amid the Black Lives Matter movement and used her “textbook white privilege” to send her a “threat in writing” — Markle has been reevaluating their friendship.

“She’s distanced herself from Jessica because the comments were unacceptable and offensive,” a source tells ET. “[Meghan's friends have been] concerned for some time that Jessica has been profiting from her relationship with Meghan and using it to further her brand. That’s something [Prince] William and Harry have never accepted with any of their friends.”

Still, according to the source, a report that she’s completely cut off her longtime pal is an exaggeration.

“Jessica made an error in judgment which was regrettable and for which she has apologized and made a vow to step back and learn from her insensitivity,” the source says. “Regardless, Jessica has been a source of strength for Meghan in the past during some of her most difficult times. She even watched over [Markle's son] Archie.”

[From Entertainment Tonight]

Female friendships are complicated. That’s what I got from this, and that’s what I’ve gotten from all of the coverage. If I was in Meghan’s position, I probably would cut off Jessica. But I have to wonder if I would have been friends with Jessica in the first place? Which goes back to “female friendships are complicated.” Meghan probably is deeply appalled but also not ready to completely cut off Jessica. Who knows.

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  1. Snazzy says:

    Like you said in the podcast, there’s the power dynamic issue as well, that shouldn’t be forgotten. Their relationship may have simply faded out anyway when Meghan’s power grew and Jessica was no longer the alpha

    • Allz says:

      When did it fade out though? Jessica watched Archie just this past year when Meghan and Harry went overseas. I think they were probably close as ever, but who knows how this will affect their friendship.

      • SomeChick says:

        That’s unsubstantiated. As is this entire story. No one knows their lives. I’m sure Meghan was terribly appalled but beyond that, who can say how she feels? It’s all just guessing for clicks.

    • Yu says:

      I’m not sure this relationship is dead. Meghan’s court case will reveal the truth as there are allegations JM was using her pitbull tactics for MM’s benefit. (I’m not saying this is true just that there are allegations in several papers (besides Daily Mail) saying so).

      • Als Em says:

        Can you provide sources? Never read anything here in the U.K. about pit bull tactics etc. Would love to read the sources.

      • Sofia says:

        Some of you are a bit too gleeful at the prospect of Jessica appearing in court. It’s almost like you want her to say something that you can use to drag Meghan with hm…

        Wonder why?

      • Mary says:

        @Als em, Sofia, Google is your friend, using it and not being accusatory (Sofia) would be really nice. @Yu is referring to a court filing in Meghan’s case against AN. This was reported in mid-January. This from Tatler:

        “Associated Newspapers are claiming that the Duchess was ‘well versed in the art of attempting to manipulate what was written about her’, releasing documents that show her confidante, stylist and close friend Jessica Mulroney attempting to change the tone of a piece commissioned by the Mail on Sunday.”

      • Nic919 says:

        Maybe JM was contacting the press for her own benefit and not Meghan. She was certainly leveraging her status as her friend everywhere else in ways that don’t seem to benefit Meghan.

      • MsIam says:

        I know there were times when Jessica called out the press when they were attacking Meghan with the false stories. This was before H&M filed the lawsuits.i would hardly call them pitbull tactics. I think we have probably been more harsh here on Celebitchy towards the press than Jessica has.

  2. Jebby says:

    What’s more interesting is that JM’s husband, Ben, just stepped down from his job hosting eTalk, saying that he needs to work on understanding racism and inviting a person of color to take on his job. (Although he wasn’t fired and is still staying on the network hosting another show and acting behind the scenes).

    Oh, and JM didn’t found the Shoebox charity, her mom did.

    • Purplehazeforever says:

      Someone last week called this & said Lainey would be the host. 🤔

      • Mary says:

        OK, I may be the only one but I think what Lainey did was shady and purposely done to ensure that Ben Mulroney lost that job, one way or another, to her benefit. As though she took advantage of Jessica’s wrongdoing to attack someone else (whose job she wanted) and imply, if not outright state, that he is essentially a dangerous racist

      • Nic919 says:

        Yes you are the only one who is trying to suggest that Lainey called Ben a racist to get him fired. She barely mentions Ben except to say that they got along at work.

    • kelleybelle says:

      Jess and her sisters-in-law did as far as I know. Joint effort.

  3. Sass says:

    Ugh yep. “Getting ahead of the problem.” My neighbor pulled some shit like this when she and her child were in some deep sht – before anyone had the chance to say “we aren’t comfortable with you being in a leadership position” she voluntarily stepped down from her roles BUT framed it in such a way where she made it sound like she and her child were the victims. 🙄

    See ya never, Mulroney.

  4. Becks1 says:

    Okay, I’m just going to call BS on this line – “That’s something [Prince] William and Harry have never accepted with any of their friends.” Maybe not their friends, but the Middleton’s completely use their status as royal in-laws to further their brand.

    As for JM and MM – like I said last week, we probably aren’t going to know if their friendship does fade. Maybe in like 5 years it will be clear they are no longer friends, but right now its not as if they live in the same city and are hanging out and getting papped every day anyway. Friendships are complicated and they do change, especially when one has gone through the kind of life upheaval that Meghan has.

  5. Rae says:

    I wonder how close she was to the Mulroney sisters? Whether she would have agreed with them that this is the best course or whether they grouped together to kick her out, but agreed for the neutral statement because she’s their brother’s wife?

    I can understand why she has stepped back/been kicked out in a nice way, as her connection would be toxic for the charity at the moment.

  6. Snap Happy says:

    I never got the sense Meghan minded the attention Jessica got. She put the whole family front and center in her wedding and had to know that would cause a spotlight on them. I would guess she saw the opportunities like GMA as good things happening for her friend. She never shot down rumors that Jessica was her stylist behind the scenes. I think Meghan is in a tough place now but my guess would be they discussed privately that Meghan has to distance herself publicly .

    • Mary says:

      I agree, especially if Jessica was a good friend to Meghan when she was being so viciously attacked by the media, her family and in-laws. I don’t see Meghan just dropping Jessica now that she is at the center of a media storm. Meghan knows how Jessica now feels.

  7. reef says:

    The response to this has been odd. I’m just curious as to why? Was Exeter that beloved or were people looking for a reason to disassociate with Mulroney? There have been many a racist incident exposed with not nearly this many consequences and so swiftly. Not even a “Jessica is not that type of person” friend defense.
    I don’t believe MM and Jessica are no longer friends.

    • kelleybelle says:

      I would agree.

    • Sammiches says:

      1) canada is not the US and we do not do things the same as them
      2) the timing of these actions fell at the exact right moment

      Look, Canada cancelled DON CHERRY, for fuck’s sakes. People STILL whine about it, but he’s still gone. I can’t think of another recent “high profile” incident with Canadians in Canada that wasn’t addressed..can you expand on what you’re referring to?

    • Lisa says:

      She was so two-faced and arrogant about it. And she was so stupid she got caught. And is still trying to ruin the careers of people who liked the wrong Instagram posts.

  8. Mumbles says:

    Every photo of this “stylist” makes me laugh. She’s like Edina on Ab Fab, just following trends and showing off labels. She doesn’t wear clothes, clothes wear her.

  9. Linda says:

    I don’t believe for a second that their friendship is over. If I gave up a friend for being a dickhead I’d be friendless. They will lay low to protect Meghan’s reputation, which they should, but that friendship isn’t going away over this.

  10. Charfromdarock says:

    I’ve been wondering about this and worried her continued presence would diminish the shoebox project somehow.

    I’ve donated/participated for years, it really is a great project. You are supporting other women in your own community.

    Too bad she couldn’t live up to this idea.

  11. The Recluse says:

    She is so ORANGE. Why are people painting themselves orange these days? It just looks weird.