Park officials have refuted a mother’s claims that her children were ignored by mascot Rosita and called the incident a misunderstanding.
In the video, two young women with pink and blue backpacks waited patiently as “Rosita” approached. The smaller girl with a blue bag is reaching out for a hug, then as the Rosita Mascot draws near, the other girl in the pink backpack extends her hand.
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I am so disgusted @SesamePlace. This blatant display of racism is both unacceptable and heartbreaking to say the least. Your staff embraced its caucasian customers but shunned two little innocent black girls. How embarrassing and disgraceful? pic.twitter.com/iaBmAoVaYN— _KiiaBaybee (@_KiiaBaybee) July 17, 2022
She glances into the crowd and shakes her finger in a “no” motion before the character reaches the girls. She then appears to gaze at the girls and makes another “no” sign with her hand and head.
However, on Sunday, Sesame Place posted a message on its Instagram account denying that the snub was intended. As part of their commitment to “inclusivity and equality in all forms,” they also note that the park and its owners “do not allow any misbehavior.”
Sesame Workshop, which licenses the well-known characters to the park, sent a Tweet on Monday night condemning the incident and restating that its goal is to assist kids in becoming “smarter, stronger, and kinder.”
The woman, who has requested a public apology, described the Sesame Place statement as an effort on the part of the park to “save their appearance and reputation.”