The beloved Sesame Street-based theme park, Sesame Place, is facing intense criticism and outrage following the release of multiple videos showcasing mascots allegedly snubbing black children, which has forced parents to ‘out’ the theme park in social media posts. The company has since issued an apology. Let’s see what happened!
“Racist” Claims Fired Towards Theme Park
The incidents raise serious concerns about racism at the Philadelphia-based park.
A Disturbing Dismissal
In one disturbing clip shared on Instagram by a mother named Juli, two young black girls can be seen eagerly waiting to high-five the character Rosita.
She Told Them “NO”
The performer dressed as Rosita appeared to tell them “no.”
Making Matters “Q-White” Worse
The character proceeded to warmly hug a young white girl who was standing right beside them.
Momma Bear Hits Back!
Juli captioned the video with a powerful statement: “THIS DISGUSTING person blatantly told our kids NO then proceeded to hug the little white girl next to us!”
Demanding Her Money Back in Viral Claim
“I will never step foot in @sesameplace ever again! And please feel free to repost this. Actually run me my money back,” she exclaimed.
Negative Impact on Social Media
The Instagram post went viral, leading to a wave of backlash against Sesame Place.
More Disturbing Footage Emerges
Fresh footage has since emerged, providing more shocking evidence of performers treating black children differently.
Targeting Black Children
One video was shared on Twitter by @MatthewACherry who expressed his outrage by writing, “Alright, several people need to answer for this racist behavior towards Black children at @SesamePlace.”
Physical Assault on Young Girl at Theme Park
The clip shows a character knocking over a small black child, further fueling the public’s anger and demands for action.
Twitter Users Are Stunned and Demand Answers
One person on Twitter commented, “These babies deserve so much better.”
Controversial Twist in Opinions
In a twist, it turns out not everyone has seen this behaviour as racist, with one user commenting, “Now this I won’t say is necessarily a racial thing.”
“I think for sure it’s a little extra and inappropriate, but this isn’t quite as clear cut as the other videos I’ve seen.”
Is This Apology Enough?
The theme park issued a statement promising to “conduct training” for its employees. They said in an Instagram post that, “We apologize to the family for their experience at our park, we know that it’s not ok.”
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