Sesame Place faces $25 million class action lawsuit over racism charges


Sesame Place has been hit with a $25million racial discrimination lawsuit after a costumed employee was seen on video appearing to snub black children.

A Baltimore, Maryland family has filed a $25 million lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by Sesame Place Philadelphia, according to a report by Local10.com.

The lawsuit claims Quinton Burns, his 5-year-old daughter, and “all other black guests present” were discriminated against while visiting the theme park on June 18, Father’s Day.

The company is also filing a class action lawsuit, claiming the theme park showed a pattern of racial discrimination.

The lawsuit comes after a separate incident was caught on camera in which a Sesame Place employee dressed in a Rosita costume appears to be snubbing black children after giving white children high-fives.

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“We were shocked and appalled that these costumed actors smeared the great brand name Sesame Street, an institution as American as baseball and apple pie that has fought for inclusion and justice for years. fairness for all,” attorney Malcolm Ruff said. .

Sesame Place Philadelphia initially responded by issuing a statement insisting that “the costumes our performers wear sometimes make it difficult to see at lower levels and sometimes our performers miss hug requests from guests,” adding that the employee dressed as Rosita, “did not intentionally ignore the girls.”

“Our brand, our fleet and our people stand for inclusivity and equality in all its forms,” the statement added. “That’s what it’s all about and we don’t tolerate any behavior in our parks that goes against that commitment.”

But following an outpouring of criticism over the viral video and initial statement, Sesame Place Philadelphia reportedly released a follow-up statement saying the incident was “not right.”

“We sincerely apologize to the family for their experience,” the statement read. “We know it’s not right. We will organize training for our employees so that they better understand, recognize and provide an inclusive, fair and entertaining experience for our customers.

Additional footage posted to social media appears to show other costumed employees behaving questionably in the presence of black children.

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