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Sesame Street Racism Video

Sesame Place was accused of racism after mom posted a video of Rosita’s character denying her Black daughter’s hug at the parade.

The viral video was shared by the mom who believes Sesame Place’s character was intentionally racist toward two 6-year-old Black girls.

The video shows the two Black girls, one stretching out her harms in excitement, waiting for the Rosita character to walk past them during a parade through the park, as an Elmo character waves from a float in the background.

The Rosita character is seen high-fiving at least one child and an adult before shaking a finger no in a direction off-screen and then again gesturing “no” before passing the seemingly disappointed girls.

Ben Crump, the lawyer credited with winning the family of George Floyd the record $27 million civil settlement from the city of Minneapolis amid the trial for former police officer Derek Chauvin, reposted the video on Twitter and weighed in, writing: “This is absolutely HEARTBREAKING!” 

“These two young Queens did NOT deserve to be blatantly singled out and ignored by this #SesameStreet character!” Crump said. “@SesamePlace MUST address their staff’s disgusting behavior!” 

Sesame Place Racism Video

Watch the video below:

Sesame Place has released a statement to apologize and explain the context of the situation, saying that 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 Rosita performer did not intentionally ignore the girls and is devastated about the misunderstanding,” the first statement from Sesame Place Philadelphia continued. “We spoke to the family and extended our apologies and invited them back for a special meet-and-greet opportunity with our characters. We apologize to these guests for not delivering the experience they expected, and we commit to do our best to earn their and all guests’ visit and support.” 

Sesame Place added that the “costumes our performers wear sometimes make it difficult to see at lower levels and sometimes our performers miss hug request from guests.” 

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