As we reported, a viral video caught the attention of many after a Sesame Street live character snubbed two black girls at a parade.
The girl’s mother posted the video showing the character walking the parade. As the performer walks down the parade waving, the two little black girls reach out to the character, then the character motions its finger no. Though the video cut off, the mother explained in the caption that after, the character went on to hug a white girl instead.
The mother labeled the character as “disgusting,” alleging the “person blatantly told our kids NO then proceeded to hug the little white girl next to us!”
She added that once, she complained that Sesame Place did not know who the character was and couldn’t do anything about it. In addition to the anger, the mother said she would not be stopping by Sesame Place again. Since the video circulated yesterday, Sesame Place has explained it with an Instagram post.
Sesame Place claims the Rosita character “no hand gesture” wasn’t directed towards anyone specific. “The Rosita performer did not intentionally ignore the girls and is devastated about the misunderstanding.”
However, the caption did not address if the Rosita character hugged the little white girl after telling the two black girls no.
Sesame Place reinforced to consumers that their employees stand for inclusivity and equality.
Meanwhile, more Black parents released videos of the characters ignoring their children.