A Philadelphia-area theme park is responding to accusations of racism. This comes after a mother accused Sesame Place’s Rosita character of ignoring her two Black daughters during a parade. A video that went viral posted to social media appears to show Rosita wave no to the girls while passing them by.
The Sesame Street inspired park has apologized for the incident and says the no motion by the Rosita character was in response to requests from someone in the crowd who asked Rosita to hold their child for a picture, which isn’t allowed. “We sincerely apologize to the family for their experience in our park on Saturday; we know that it’s not OK,” Sesame Place said.
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that runs Sesame Street, said it will “conduct bias training and a thorough review of the ways in which they engage families and guests” at Sesame Place after multiple videos have caused backlash on the theme park.
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