The iconic Sesame Place formerly known as sesame street has been hit with a $25 million lawsuit over “alleged” racial discrimination according to a report by local10.com in Philadelphia.
The lawsuit claims that Quinton Burns, his 5-year-old daughter, as well as “all other Black guests in attendance” were discriminated against while visiting the theme park on Father’s Day, June 18.
The firm is also filing a class action suit, claiming the theme park has shown a pattern of racial discrimination.
This comes directly after a separate incident was caught on tape in which Sesame Place employee “appears” to brush off a black children after high-fiving white children.
We must show our Black youth that we will NOT ignore them, unlike the performer at Sesame Place. These kids deserve SO much more than the unjust treatment they were given. They are why we'll continue to fight for accountability and change! pic.twitter.com/e1dZcdcSqq— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) July 24, 2022
Attorney Malcolm Ruff said in a statement, “We were shocked and dismayed that these costume character actors besmirched the great name of the Sesame Street brand, an institution that’s as American as baseball and apple pie and who has for years battled for inclusively and equity for all people.”
While it can be hard to see children sometimes or to get everyone. In this next video Sesame Place character hi-fives the black boy on the left, waves to the black child in the middle but misses the black girl on the right. Are some of these acts intentional its hard to say. Could be a simple as having tons of kids around and being in a heavy, hard to see out of, and exhausting costume.
So we air slapping black children now? And pushing black children? Yea your done sesame place! #SesamePlace #sesamestreet #racist pic.twitter.com/n5s3XgMw0b— harmonyyy . 😘 (@harmonyyy19) July 19, 2022
Sesame Place Philadelphia responded by releasing a statement insisting that “the costumes our performers wear sometimes make it difficult to see at lower levels and sometimes our performers miss hug requests from guests,” adding that the employee dressed as Rosita, “did not intentionally ignore the girls.”
“Our brand, our park and our employees stand for inclusivity and equality in all forms,” the statement added. “That is what Sesame Place is about and we do not tolerate any behaviors in our parks that are contrary to that commitment.”
“We sincerely apologize to the family for their experience,” the statement read. “We know that it’s not okay. We will conduct training for our employees so they better understand, recognize, and deliver an inclusive, equitable, and entertaining experience to our guests.”
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