More videos on Sesame Roof a place of contempt for black children

Sesame Place is facing accusations of racism after a viral video clip showed an employee ignoring two black girls at a Pennsylvania theme park last weekend.

Sesame Street advocates said the incident may have been an unintended one-time event, but several other clips have emerged showing similar problematic behavior.

The videos – many of which have been recorded by other black visitors to a Pennsylvania park in recent weeks – were shared by the popular Instagram account @frobabies, which asked the question: “Is this a pattern?”

The post has reached Sesame Place for comment.

One heartbreaking video shows an excited black boy being ignored by an employee dressed as Rosita from Sesame Street — the same character who ignored black girls in the viral original clip.

The boy’s mother, Sidney Moore, told The Post that she and her family traveled from North Carolina specifically to visit Sesame Place, because “Sesame Street” is her two-year-old son’s “favorite show.”

“It was heartbreaking,” Moore said of the moment Rosetta ignored her young child. “Seeing the look on my son’s face after he was shrugged and ignored was devastating. He didn’t understand why Rosetta didn’t give him a five or at least wave to him.”

Several new videos of Sesame Place's character seemingly ignoring black children have been shared on social media.  It comes after the park faced accusations of racism after a video showing an employee ignoring two black girls went viral over the weekend.
Several new videos of Sesame Place characters seemingly ignoring black children have been shared on social media. It comes after the park faced accusations of racism after a video showing an employee ignoring two black girls went viral over the weekend.

Moore said that she later consoled her son, saying, “I hugged him a lot and told him I loved him.”

The incident was not isolated, as the account @frobabies shared two other shocking clips similarly showing Rosetta ignoring black children.

On June 24, a family was standing with them [black children] The owner of the @frobabies account wrote at the bottom of one of the videos as if they are also being ignored.

Another angry father told frobabies: “It’s [Rosita] ignore him [my daughter] Lola TWICE last Sunday (July 10). Lola ran up to her, “Rosetta!” The character went out of her way to change course and right after her hug and took a picture with a little white girl. Check out this pattern.”

Ignored: One video shows an employee inside a Rosetta character costume ignoring an excited black girl in a Pennsylvania park on July 10.
Ignored: One video shows an employee inside a Rosetta character costume ignoring an excited black girl in a Pennsylvania park on July 10.
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It seems Rosetta’s disdain for black children may not be limited only to recent weeks.

Someone sent footage of his black niece trying in vain to get a hug from the dolls, who instead reached out to wrap a white baby in a warm embrace.

“This was 2019 before the pandemic!!” Sender wrote.

However, Rosetta does not appear to be the only character on Sesame Place who exhibits problematic behavior towards black visitors to the park.

A black person sent footage of her niece trying in vain to get a hug from a Muppet back in 2014.
A black person sent in footage of her niece trying in vain to get a hug from a Muppet back in 2019.
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Instead, the staff member in uniform bends over to wrap a white baby in a warm embrace.
Instead, the staff member in uniform bends over to wrap a white baby in a warm embrace.
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A separate clip shows Honker’s character aggressively galloping toward a black child before pushing her to the ground.

“I was so grumpy that day, I waited hours for a manager who never came out,” the unnamed parent told frobabies. “We ended up leaving. After watching all these videos, I’m sure it was done on purpose. It’s meant to be a safe/kid friendly environment. It’s sick of these people having costumes behind them, which hurts these kids. They love these.” Characters, it’s sad!”

Meanwhile, on Facebook, a Philadelphia woman shared a video of “Sesame Street” character Burt slapping a black girl in the park.

“I’m still waiting for answers from when your character slapped my little cousin!!” A Facebook user wrote, tagging Sesame Place.

The Post has reached out to those who have recorded the videos at Sesame Place for more information, as well as the park not addressing the new problematic clips.

However, in a statement Tuesday, the company pledged to provide bias training to its employees in the wake of the original viral video, which was first posted over the weekend.

“We sincerely apologize to the family for their experience in our garden on Saturday; we know he is not feeling well,” they said in a statement. “We will conduct training for our staff so that they better understand, identify and provide a comprehensive, equitable and entertaining experience for our guests.”

The initial video that went viral over the weekend showed two black girls being ignored by Rosetta's character.
The initial video that went viral over the weekend showed two black girls being ignored by Rosetta’s character.
The park released a statement online.
Sesame Place has issued an apology.

The girls’ family has appointed a lawyer to investigate the situation and possibly pursue legal action, according to TMZ.

Family attorney B’Ivory LaMarr told TMZ that they want to meet other people who were present and evaluate other Rosita videos that have appeared online showing similar situations.

“While we hate rushing to judgment as ‘race’ is a motivating factor to explain the performer’s actions, such actions before and after a girl’s request only leads to one outcome,” Lamar said.

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