Sesame Workshop, the production company that oversees the legendary children’s show, ‘Sesame Street,’ is in some hot water lately. A video recently went viral showing a character at the Sesame Place amusement park allegedly showing bias against two young black girls. Now that the original family has lawyered up, additional videos have emerged.
The original video showed the character known as Rosita waving off two black girls at the Philadelphia park. The new ones show much of the same. Sesame Street mascots are shown either mistreating or ignoring children of different races.
One of the more egregious clips depicts one of the Honkers rushing toward a very young African American girl. He knocks her down with his belly. In another, a performer dressed as Bert walks down a line of kids giving high fives. When he comes to a black girl, he simply shrugs her off and keeps moving.
Sesame Place issued a statement calling the alleged snubs a misunderstanding. They said the actor portraying Rosita was gesturing to members of the crowd who wanted her to hold their kids. That goes against park rules.
The family of the girls in the original video has hired an attorney. They are considering possible legal options. They believe that their kids were victims of racism.
Sesame Workshop has responded to the new videos by noting that they will have all staff undergo bias training. While the company does not believe the behavior of their employees was intentional, they are doing what they can to stop it. Time will tell if Sesame Street becomes a more welcoming place in the future.
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