More videos on the surface of Sesame Place snubbing black children

Sesame Place is facing accusations of racism after a viral video showed an employee snubbing two black girls at the Pennsylvania theme park last weekend.

Defenders of the “Sesame Street” establishment said the incident may have been a one-time incident, but several other clips have surfaced showing similarly problematic behavior.

The videos — several of which were recorded by other black visitors to the park in Pennsylvania in recent weeks — were shared by popular Instagram account @frobabies, which posed the question, “Is this a pattern?

The Post has contacted Sesame Place for comment.

Heartbreaking video shows an excited black boy being ignored by an employee dressed as Rosita from Sesame Street – the same character who snubbed black girls in the original viral clip.

The boy’s mother, Cydney Moore, told the Post that she and her family flew in from North Carolina specifically to visit Sesame Place because “Sesame Street” is her son’s “favorite show” from 2 years.

“It was heartbreaking,” Moore said of the moment Rosita snubbed her toddler. “To see the look on my son’s face after he was ignored and neglected was devastating. He couldn’t understand why Rosita didn’t give him a high-five or at least a wave.

Several new videos of the Sesame Place character appearing to snub black children are being shared on social media.  It comes after the theme park was accused of racism after a video showing an employee ignoring two black girls went viral over the weekend.
Several new videos of Sesame Place characters appearing to snub black children are being shared on social media. It comes after the theme park was accused of racism after a video showing an employee ignoring two black girls went viral over the weekend.

Moore said she later comforted her son, saying, “I gave him a big hug and told him I loved him.”

The incident is not isolated, with the @frobabies account sharing two other shocking clips showing Rosita similarly ignoring black children.

“On June 24, a family was standing with their [black children] and it looks like they are being ignored as well,” account owner @frobabies wrote under one of the videos.

Another angry parent told @frobabies: “She [Rosita] ignored [my daughter] Lola TWICE last Sunday (July 10). Lola ran towards her saying ‘ROSITA!’ The character bent over backwards to change course and immediately afterwards hugged and took a picture with a little white girl. Investigate this pattern.

Snubbed: A video shows an employee inside Rosita's character costume ignoring a horny black girl at the park in Pennsylvania on July 10.
Snubbed: A video shows an employee inside Rosita’s character costume ignoring a horny black girl at the park in Pennsylvania on July 10.
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It seems that Rosita’s renunciation of black children is not limited to the last few weeks.

One person sent in images of their black niece trying unsuccessfully to get a hug from the Muppet, who instead leaned down to wrap a white child in a warm embrace.

“That was 2019 before the pandemic!!” the sender wrote.

However, Rosita doesn’t seem to be the only Sesame Place character to have problematic behavior towards the park’s black visitors.

A black person sent images of his niece trying unsuccessfully to get a hug from the Muppet in 2014.
A black person sent in footage of his niece trying unsuccessfully to get a hug from the Muppet in 2019.
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Instead, the costumed employee bends down to wrap a white child in a warm embrace.
Instead, the costumed employee bends down to wrap a white child in a warm embrace.
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A separate clip shows the Honker character aggressively walking towards a black toddler before pushing her to the ground.

“I was furious that day, I waited hours for the manager who never came out,” the unnamed relative told @frobabies. “We ended up leaving. After seeing all those videos, I’m sure it was done on purpose. It’s supposed to be a safe and child-friendly environment. It’s sick to have these people behind them costumes, hurting these kids. They love these characters it’s sad!

Meanwhile, on Facebook, a Philadelphia woman shared a video of “Sesame Street” character Bert “slapping” a black girl at the park.

“I’m still waiting for answers from when your character slapped my little cousin!!” wrote the Facebook user, tagging Sesame Place.

The Post reached out to those who recorded the videos at Sesame Place for more information, as well as the theme park, which did not address the problematic new clips.

However, in a statement on Tuesday, the company pledged to provide bias training to its employees following the original viral video, which was first posted over the weekend.

“We sincerely apologize to the family for their experience at our park on Saturday; we know this is not OK,” they said in a statement. “We will organize training for our employees so that they understand, recognize and provide an inclusive, fair and entertaining experience for our customers.”

The initial video that went viral over the weekend showed two black girls being snubbed by Rosita's character.
The initial video that went viral over the weekend showed two black girls being snubbed by Rosita’s character.
The theme park released a statement online.
Sesame Place issued an apology.

The family of the two girls has hired an attorney to investigate the situation and possibly take legal action, according to TMZ.

The B’Ivory LaMarr family’s attorney told TMZ that he wants to interview other people present and assess other videos of Rosita that have been released online that show similar situations.

“While we hate to rush to consider ‘race’ as the motivating factor in explaining the performer’s actions, such actions before and after the girl’s request lead to only one conclusion,” said said LaMarr.

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