Parents are furious with Sesame Place Philly after a black pop star dressed as a Sesame Street character was accused of intentionally dismissing two young Black girls.
Rosita, Sesame Street’s first bilingual muppet, was the subject of a now-viral Instagram video posted by the mother of two young girls on Saturday.
Assuming they had previously interacted with other children, a video appears to show a character shaking their head “no” toward two young African-American women.
The kids wanted to see the characters as they were leaving Sesame Place, the mom wrote on Instagram. A DISGUSTING individual told our children flat out, “NO,” before going on to hug some little white girl sitting next to us.
The claims have not been confirmed by NBC News.
“Better understand, recognize and deliver an inclusionary, equitable, and entertaining experience to our guests,” read a statement from Sesame Place Pittsburgh to NBC News on Monday evening.
According to the park’s statement, “We sincerely apologize to the family for their experience in our park on Sunday; we know that it is not okay.”
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“We are taking steps to improve our performance.” We’ll do everything we can to right this wrong.”
“Sesame Workshop,” the non-profit organization that manages the Sesame Street brand, said in a statement Monday that Sesame Place, a licensed park partner,
will conduct a “comprehensive review of ways wherein they engage with families and guests.”
The statement read, “What these children went through is unacceptable.”
It was initially reported on Sunday by Sesame Place Philadelphia that its performers’ costumes “sometimes make it extremely difficult to see at lower levels” and that “performers miss hug demands from guests” are common occurrences.
For their part, Sesame Place said Rosita’s performer didn’t point out a specific person with her “no” gesture but rather did so after a member of the audience repeatedly requested that Rosita hold their child for a photo that wasn’t allowed.
Rosalina’s statement read, “The Rosita performer did not intentionally ignore the girls and is devastated by this misunderstanding.
“We apologized to the family and invited them to return for a special meet-and-greet with our characters,” the production team explained.
The mother, who has not commented on NBC News’ request for comment, quickly responded to the statement on Instagram. “Disrespectful and distasteful” is how she described the apology from Sesame Place.
The mom wrote, “I wholeheartedly believe that statement was released to save face. Never say he can’t see below the surface of things. No!!” he exclaimed, glancing at them. If you read more updates so you can visit our website TheActiveNews.Com.