(PHILADELPHIA) – UPDATE – It’s a rough day for ‘Racist Rosita.’
The parents of a 5-year-old girl filed a $25 million lawsuit against ‘Sesame-Place’, accusing multiple costumed muppets of blatant racism towards their daughter because she was black.
Viral videos have surfaced, showed the furry aqua Muppet ‘Rosita’, and several other characters, refusing to engage in any physical contact with kids of color.
The lawsuit was filed against SeaWorld Parks, the owner of Sesame-Place, for ‘pervasive and appalling racial discrimination,’ according to sources.
Four employees costumed in the fury suits were listed in the lawsuit as being ignorant towards Quinton Burns, his daughter Kennedi Burns, and other black children at the parade.
Jodi Brown, a mother who was attending the parade, claimed that Rosita was being blatantly discriminatory towards her children, causing them emotional trauma.
According to the mom the character blatantly told the kids “No” and proceeded to hug the white child next to them. Sesame Place has since reached out to the mother to hopefully resolve the issue. pic.twitter.com/gihZRMK22S
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) July 17, 2022
“THIS DISGUSTING person blatantly told our kids NO then proceeded to hug the little white girl next to us! Then when I went to complain about it, they looking at me like I’m crazy,” Brown wrote in an Instagram post. “I will never step foot in @sesameplace ever again.”
After Brown’s video gained attraction, multiple videos began to surface of the same character denying to speak or make contact with black children.
The videos spawned a viral Twitter thread sparking outrage and disgust.
The non-profit “Sesame Workshop” has since released a statement in regards to the alleged racism.
“We have been in contact with Sesame Place, our licensed park partner, and they have assured us that they will conduct bias training and a thorough review of the ways in which they engage with families and guests,” they wrote.
— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) July 18, 2022
According to TMZ, Jodi Brown, the mother of the girls in the first video, has hired an attorney and is ‘seeking legal action.’
B’Ivory LaMarr, the attorney representing Brown, told TMZ that they are investigating a possible pattern of the discriminative behavior by analyzing other viral videos uploaded by people who witnessed and recorded the potentially racist behavior of ‘Rosita.’
“While we hate to rush to judgment to consider ‘race’ as the motivating factor to explain the performer’s actions, such actions both before and after the young girl’s request only lead to one conclusion,” LaMarr said.
Staff Writer, Julianna Caban, contributed to the story.