A video of the Sesame Place character Rosita seemingly ignoring two children at a parade has some critics accusing the park employee of racism.
“#BabyPaige & her cute lil friends went to @SesamePlace this weekend to celebrate Paige’s 4th birthday & this is how #SesamePlace treated these beautiful Black children. I’m HOT,” a Twitter user wrote along with a short video clip of the incident, which was also shared to Instagram. While walking in the parade, the amusement park employee dressed as Rosita is seen gesturing no to something, then walks away before greeting the two girls.
“WHATTTTTTT. Oh hell no. This is heartbreaking. Why are people so damn mean?” one commenter responded. “Is this how you treat our babies? I was planning on taking my children this year but not if they’ll be subjected to this type of treatment. Gross.”
“I just want to know one thing. Was this employee terminated? Because they don’t need training, they need to be gone,” another person wrote.
Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland also weighed in on the video. “Ok so, had that been me, that whole parade would have been in flames,” she shared to Instagram on Sunday. “Like, are you serious? You’re not going to speak to my child?” And did you see that baby’s face at the end? The little one with the pink on? She deserves an explanation. Hello.”
The video clip started gaining attention after being shared on social media, which led to Sesame Place offering a statement via their Instagram page.
“Our brand, our park and our employees stand for inclusivity and equality in all forms,” the statement read. “Regarding the incident yesterday, the costumes our performers wear sometimes make it difficult to see at lower levels and sometimes our performers miss hug requests from guests.”
“The performer portraying the Rosita character 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 explanation continued.
That apology is not enough for some followers on social media, though. “Time to shut it down!” the top Instagram comment says.
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