Did a Muppet at Sesame Place Blatantly Refuse to Acknowledge Two Black Girls?
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Kelly Rowland went off on the Sesame Place amusement park in Philadelphia, after seeing a video that allegedly showed two young black girls getting mistreated.
The video shows the kids watching a parade, and waiting for a performer dressed as the muppet Rosita to come to them.
Rosita interacts with other kids along the route, but when she gets to the black girls, she makes some “no” motions with her hands and walks right past. The girls look heartbroken.
Their mom posted the video over the weekend and when Kelly saw it, she said, quote, “TF! This just made me So mad! OK so, had that been me, that whole parade would have been in flames.”
Sesame Place issued a statement saying that the “no” gesture was NOT directed at the girls. It was meant for someone who asked Rosita to hold their child for a photo, which is not allowed.
They said they’re devastated by the misunderstanding and are committed to, quote, “inclusivity and equality in all forms.”
So yesterday, both Sesame Place and Sesame Workshop apologized and promised that employees will undergo bias training.