Sesame Place: My mom thinks the character was intentionally racist towards two 6-year-old black girls

Jodi Brown and her attorney told CNN on Tuesday that Sesame Place’s character, Rosita, was intentionally racist toward her niece and daughter.

In the nine-second video that Brown shared, on Instagram, her daughter and niece are seen seeking a hug from the character, Rosetta. In the video, Rosetta is seen greeting others before apparently shaking her finger at an unidentified person and then shaking her head no at Brown’s daughter and niece before turning away from them.

Brown told CNN that Rosetta’s character was walking down the road of the show camping high and embracing other children when the character deliberately ignored her daughter and niece.

“Immediately after the character passed them, there was another little girl next to them who was of a different gender and he hugged her. He loved her with his arms,” ​​Brown said. “At that time I had already stopped recording the video because when the kids got over and said no to them, I was upset so I stopped the video because I was like ‘What just happened? “

The video that Brown first shared on Instagram after Saturday’s incident sparked a rapid outcry. The Sesame Place Philadelphia initially issued a statement Monday calling the incident a “misunderstanding.”

The performer portraying Rosetta’s character confirmed that the ‘no’ hand gesture seen several times in the video was not directed at any specific person, but rather was in response to multiple requests from someone in the crowd who asked Rosita to hold their child for a disallowed photo. Rosetta’s artist did not ignore The girls are intentionally wrecked due to a misunderstanding.”

When CNN followed up on what the park meant by a “misunderstanding,” Sesame Place Philadelphia sent CNN an “updated statement” also posted on Instagram Monday night, saying:

“We sincerely apologize to the family for their experience in our garden on Saturday; we know it’s not okay. We are taking action to do better. We are committed to making this right. We will conduct training for our staff so they can better understand, recognize and provide an overall, equitable and entertaining experience for our guests.”

“For more than 40 years, Sesame Place has upheld the values ​​of respect, inclusion and belonging. We are committed to doing a better job of making children and families feel special, seen and included when they come to our parks.”

B’Ivory LaMarr, who represents the family, said the park’s response was inadequate.

In the video caption, the mother described the incident as “disgusting”.

“I will never step forward to sesameplace again!” said the mum passing through Jodiii on Instagram.

“And feel free to repost this. Actually give me my money back.”

Lamar confirmed that he is still investigating what happened and is looking at all available options.

“At this point, we are calling for a real and genuine apology, acknowledging the harm done in the atrocity of the deeds and doing the right thing, to make up for the damage done to these two young girls,” Lamar said.

According to Brown, she showed the video of the accident to an employee near the park exit, but was told there was no park supervisor she could talk to.

“My daughter was just sad,” Brown said. “I asked ‘Mom what did you do?'” What happened “And you said you didn’t do anything. Some people are just mean people.”

Sesame Workshop, which licenses the theme park, also issued a statement Monday evening that said:

“Sesame Workshop is aware of the recent incident at Sesame Place Philadelphia, which we take very seriously. What these children have suffered is unacceptable.”

Sesame Workshop added: “We reached out to Sesame Place, our park licensed partner, and they assured us that they would conduct bias training and a thorough review of the ways they interact with families and guests.”

Brown and Lamar plan to hold a press conference on Wednesday with more details.

Kelly Rowland and the others reaction

The video went viral and sparked outrage, including from Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, at the difference in treatment.

Roland retweeted the video the mom posted to her Instagram story, writing that the incident made her angry.

“If I had been, this whole show would have been on fire,” Roland said in her Instagram video. “Are you serious? You’re not going to talk to my baby? Did you finally see that baby’s face? Little Pink? She deserves an explanation!”

Online, other artists, activists and social media users expressed their anger over the incident at the theme park.

Raymond Santana, activist and one of the five members of the Exonerated Five, retweeted a video of the incident on his Instagram along with Roland’s comment, writing “I’m sorry, but this park will never get my money… being #Geraldad. Definitely took this Personally.”
Comedian DL Hughley Posted on Twitter: “It’s not shocking when someone in a costume at #SesamePlace acts racist! Why do you think they wear hoods?? #TeamDl”

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