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Sesame Place Under Fire For Snubbing Two Black Girls in Viral Video
A now-viral video shows a Sesame Place park employee dressed as Rosita from Sesame Street dismissing two Black girls during a parade.
Sesame Place is being criticized after a now-viral video shows two Black girls being rejected by a park employee dressed as Rosita from long-running children series Sesame Street. In the clip from Sunday (July 17), Rosita is seen high-fiving two white parkgoers, before shaking her head "no" and walking away from two Black girls during a parade. After being dismissed by Rosita, the two girls appear confused and disheartened.
\u201c#BabyPaige & her cute lil friends went to @SesamePlace this weekend to celebrate Paige's 4th birthday & this is how #SesamePlace treated these beautiful Black children. I'm HOT.\u201d— Leslie Mac (@Leslie Mac) 1658080486
On Instagram, the mother of the two girls wrote a scathing caption directed towards Sesame Place.
“I’m going to keep posting this, because this had me hot," she wrote. "We were on our way out of sesame place and the kids wanted to stop to see the characters. THIS DISGUSTING person blatantly told our kids NO then proceeded to hug the little white girl next to us!”
“Then when I went to complain about it, they looking at me like I’m crazy," the mother continued. "I asked the lady who the character was and I wanted to see a supervisor and she told me SHE DIDNT KNOW !!” she continued. “I will never step foot in @sesameplace ever again.”
A separate video shows the park employee in the Rosita costume ignoring another Black child.
According to Billboard, Kelly Rowland has responded to the clip of the two Black girls, jokingly saying "had that been me, that whole parade would've been in flames."
Sesame Place has since responded to Sunday's incident claiming that the "no" gesture was not to offend the two Black girls, but to respond to another person in the crowd who wanted their child to be held for a photo. Sesame Place says the park employee is "devastated" at the backlash and the Philadelphia theme park has invited the family back for a meet and greet with characters.
\u201cI don\u2019t believe this explanation. It\u2019s nice they invited the kids back for a meet and greet, but Rosita saw those babies and waved them off. Sesame Place is just hoping this will blow over.\u201d— Brooke \ud83c\udf0a (@Brooke \ud83c\udf0a) 1658138628
Check out responses to the theme park below.
None— IG: SameSpitDifferentFace (@IG: SameSpitDifferentFace) 1658165044
\u201cIt's upsetting because no matter what damage control is attempted by Sesame Place, nothing can undo how these babies were made to feel in this moment. The looks on their faces are so heartbreaking.\u201d— krh (@krh) 1658083182
\u201cThis is my local Sesame Place... I'm so sad for these little babies. And respectfully the BS response provided just made it worse. \nYou do not have to worry about me giving them an ounce of my black dollars.\u201d— Ja\ud835\udd5f\ud835\udd56\ud835\udd5d_Mona\ud835\udd5a (@Ja\ud835\udd5f\ud835\udd56\ud835\udd5d_Mona\ud835\udd5a) 1658149625