Sesame Place Philadelphia, a theme park based on the popular children’s show Sesame Streethas issued two apologies due to accusations of racism.
In a video posted online, Rosita, the character television program, is shown ignoring two black girls during a parade over the weekend. The girls are both on Sesame Street– theme backpacks: One has Cookie Monster and the other has Abby Cadabby. The girls were excited to meet Rosita who waved at the other guests but shook her head and seemed to say “no” as she passed the girls.
A shocked adult who was with the two girls shared the video Instagram account and captioned what happened.
“I’m going to keep posting this because this made me hot,” the caption says. “We were on our way out of the sesame place and the kids wanted to stop and look at the characters. THIS DISGUSTING person blatantly told our kids NO and then hugged the little white girl next to us! Then when I went to complain about it they looked at me like I was crazy,” the caption continues. “I asked the lady who the character was and wanted to see a supervisor and she told me SHE DIDN’T KNOW!! I never set foot inside @sesameplace ever again! And feel free to repost this. Actually giving me my money back 😡🤬 so angry I stopped the video but what made me so angry was when he blatantly told them no.”
Watch the video below:
The video quickly went viral on social media, with many calling Sesame Place racist. Others shared similar experiences about the park.
Sesame Place posted a response to the controversy on its Instagram page following the uproar. – The performer playing the character of Rosita has confirmed that the ‘no’ hand gesture seen several times in the video was not aimed at any specific person, but was a response to several requests from a crowd who asked Rosita to hold her child. for a photo, which is not allowed,” the statement said. “The Rosita performer did not intentionally ignore the girls and is upset by the misunderstanding.”
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