Sesame Street went viral for all the wrong reasons over the past week. A video from the Sesame Place theme park appeared to show a popular character from the children’s show giving two black children the cold shoulder. Their family is now lawyering up, believing the snub was racist.

The incident happened when an actor dressed as Rosita from Sesame Street was walking around giving high-fives to kids at the park. When the character came before two young girls, a gesture was exchanged. The two girls did not receive a high-five.

The family said they are appalled by the incident, according to TMZ. They believe the actor’s treatment of their children was intentional. Sesame Place issued a statement denying such behavior and explained their side of the story.

“The performer portraying the rosita character has confirmed that the ‘no’ hand gesture seen several times in the video was not directed to any specific person, rather it was a response to multiple requests from someone in the crowd who asked Rosita tohold their child for a photo which is not permitted.

The Rosita performer did not intentionally ignore the girls and is devastated about the misunderstanding. We spoke to the family and extended our apologies and invited them back for a special meet-and-greet opportunity with our characters. We apologize to these guests for not delivering the experience they expected and we commit to do our best to earn their and all guests’ visit and support.”

The family is having their attorney look into the case. A lawsuit could be coming. For a beloved institution like Sesame Street, a lawsuit over alleged racism is the last thing they need.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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