After a mother posted a video reportedly showing someone dressed as the Rosita character neglecting her two Black daughters during a parade, Sesame P’Sesame Street’ Character Accused Of Racismlace in Philadelphia was charged with racism. Ben Crump re-posted the video on Twitter and commented, writing: “This is absolutely HEARTBREAKING!” Ben Crump is the attorney credited with obtaining for the family of George Floyd the record $27 million civil settlement from the city of Minneapolis during the trial for former police officer Derek Chauvin.
“This #SesameStreet figure did NOT deserve to deliberately target out and ignore these two young Queens!” said Crump. “@Sesame Place MUST address the horrible behaviour of its personnel!” An Elmo figure can be seen waving on a float in the distance as the two Black girls wait for the Rosita character to pass them during a parade through the park, one of whom is seen excitedly reaching out her hands. The Rosita persona is shown high-fiving at least one youngster and an adult before indicating “no” once more while gesturing off-screen before passing the girls who appear dejected.
“I’ll keep publishing this because it made me so hot. The kids wanted to stop and see the characters as we were leaving Sesame Place. This HORRIBLE lady told our kids outright NO before going to hug the little white girl standing next to us! “In a post uploading the footage to Instagram on Saturday, the mother made the accusation. “I went to complain about it, and when I did, they looked at me like I was insane. When I inquired about the character and requested to speak with a supervisor, the woman responded that SHE DID NOT KNOW! Never again will I set foot inside @sesameplace! Also, feel free to republish this. In fact, give me my money back.”
The character Rosita’s performer “has confirmed that the ‘no’ hand gesture seen several times in the video was not directed to any specific person, rather it was a response to multiple requests from someone in the crowd who asked Rosita to hold their child for a photo which is not permitted,” according to a statement issued by Sesame Place after the incident. On November 29, 2021, Rosita, a Sesame Street muppet, observes a gathering in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington while standing behind an image of Abraham Lincoln.
On November 29, 2021, Rosita, a Sesame Street muppet, observes a gathering in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington while standing behind an image of Abraham Lincoln. (AFP Photo by Andrew Ballero Reynolds via Getty Images) ) The first statement from Sesame Place Philadelphia added, “The Rosita performer did not purposely disregard the girls and is devastated by the misunderstanding. “We apologised to the family over the phone and encouraged them to return for a unique chance to meet our characters. We really regret that we were unable to provide these visitors with the experience they had hoped for, and we promise to make every effort to earn their business and support in the future.”
According to Sesame Place, “our performers occasionally have trouble seeing at lower levels due to the costumes they wear, and they occasionally fail to recognise guest requests for hugs.” Kelly Rowland, a member of Destiny’s Child, expressed outrage in reaction to that explanation, saying: “Those stunning ladies won’t ever forget that sensation! THEY ARE CHILDREN! Your sad statement should make you ashamed of yourself!”
On July 2, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Kelly Rowland delivers a speech on stage during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. On July 2, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Kelly Rowland delivers a speech on stage during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. (Getty Images/Paras Griffin for Essence) “TF! I was just so enraged by this! “She composed. “OK, so, had that been me, that whole parade would have been in flames,” she told the audience in a subsequent message.
“Like, are you for real? You’re not going to talk to my kid, are you?” Rowland threw in. “Did you notice the baby’s face at the conclusion? the youngster dressed in pink? She is entitled to an explanation. Hello.” Other Twitter users voiced their disapproval of Sesame Place, including Wendell Pierce of HBO and Leslie Mac, a digital strategist associated with the Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project “BE A PART OF THE END OF INNOCENCE. OBSERVE THE TRAUMA. This is a brutal, psychologically abusive moment.”
On November 28, 2013, in Philadelphia, Sesame Place characters participated in the 94th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. On November 28, 2013, in Philadelphia, Sesame Place characters participated in the 94th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Getty Images/Gilbert Carrasquillo) Later, Sesame Place issued a follow-up statement in which it pledged to provide its staff with equity training.
“We truly regret the family’s Saturday experience in our park; we are aware that it is not acceptable. We are acting in order to improve “a statement from Sesame Place Philadelphia was released on Monday. “We’re determined to make things right. We will provide training for our staff so they may provide a more inclusive, equal, and enjoyable experience to our visitors.” Sesame Place has worked to promote the ideals of respect, inclusiveness, and belonging for more than 40 years, it was said. “We are dedicated to improving the experience that children and families have when visiting our parks by making them feel unique, present, and involved.”