A Sesame Street-themed amusement park in Philadelphia has apologized after a recent backlash to a video that showed a costumed character waving off two 6-year-old Black girls during a parade that went viral online.
Promising more training for its employees, Sesame Place said the park and its employees stand for “inclusivity and equality in all forms.” The statement also noted that performers sometimes miss requests for hugs because the costumes they wear make it difficult to see at lower levels. The park issued a second statement Monday, apologizing again and promising that it was “taking action to do better.”
Many people expressed outrage online and some called for a boycott of the amusement park, after a nine-second video, posted to Instagram on Saturday by Jodi Brown, the mother of one of the girls, showed the character Rosita high-fiving a white child and woman, then gesturing “no” and walking away from the two girls who had their arms stretched out for a hug and high-five during the parade at Sesame Place in Langhorne, outside Philadelphia. “I will never step foot in @sesameplace ever again,” Brown said online.
Sesame Place also mentioned that “The Rosita performer did not intentionally ignore the girls and is devastated by the misunderstanding.”