Sesame Place Controversy: Explained

Sesame Street-themed attraction Sesame Place Philadelphia has released two public statements of regret after being accused of racism. On Saturday, a clip from the show Rosita was posted online, showing her ignoring two Black girls in a parade while they were marching. Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby are featured on one of the bags the girls are carrying. Rosita waved to other guests but shook its head when passing the girls, appearing to communicate “no.”

An adult who was with the girls posted a video to their Instagram account with a caption outlining what had happened in the video.

Because it “had me hot,” she plans to keep uploading it. “The kids wanted to see the characters as we were leaving Sesame Place. It was disgusting to see this person hug the small white girl next to us after openly telling our children no. And when I tried to voice my displeasure, they looked at me as if I were insane. Upon my request to speak with a supervisor, the lady informed me that she had no idea who the character was. I will never again set foot inside @sesameplace! And if you’d like to republish this, please do so. When he clearly told them no, it made me so enraged that I had to stop the film.”

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The video rapidly went viral on social media, with many people accusing Sesame Place of bigotry. Many others had the same impressions of the park. On Instagram, Sesame Place responded to the debate that had erupted. “The Rosita character 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,” the statement said. Rosita’s hand gestures were made in response to multiple requests from the crowd to have Rosita hold their child for a photo, which is not permitted. This “Rosita performer was upset by the misinterpretation,” says the Rosita performer.

“Those magnificent girls will never forget that experience!” wrote Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child in response to the statement. THINK ABOUT IT! That’s a pathetic statement, and you should be ashamed of yourself for making it! Sesame Place issued a follow-up statement on Monday after receiving numerous complaints about the original statement. The second statement said, “We deeply regret to the family for their experience in our park on Saturday; we know that it is not ok.”. “We’re taking steps to improve our performance. We will not rest until the situation is rectified. A training program for all of our workers will be implemented so that they can provide our guests with an enjoyable experience that is welcoming to all.

Only two parks in the world are dedicated completely to the children’s television show Sesame Street, which first aired in 1969. Another Sesame Place park can be found in the city of San Diego, CA.