UPDATE—July 28, 2022: The Sesame Street controversy keeps getting worse. Even more concerning meet-and-greet footage from  Sesame Place has been released as the father of a five-year-old Black girl who was allegedly snubbed by multiple characters filed a $25 million class-action lawsuit against SeaWorld Parks, the owner of Sesame Place, for “pervasive and appalling race discrimination.” 

In the video shared by the family’s lawyers, one character can be seen shaking hands with other children around the five-year-old as she appears to look around in confusion over being ignored. 

ORIGINAL STORY—July 20, 2022: Sesame Place Philadelphia, a theme park based on the hit children’s program Sesame Street, has issued two apologies following accusations of racism.

In a video released online, Rosita, a character from the television show, is shown ignoring two Black girls during a parade over the weekend. The girls are both wearing Sesame Street–themed backpacks: one featuring Cookie Monster and the other Abby Cadabby. The girls were excited to meet Rosita, who waved to other guests but shook its head, appearing to say “no” when passing the girls. 

The shocked adult who was with the two girls shared the video on their Instagram account and wrote a caption describing what happened.

“I’m going to keep posting this, because this had me hot,” the caption says. “We were on our way out of sesame place and the kids wanted to stop to see the characters. 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. I asked the lady who the character was and I wanted to see a supervisor and she told me SHE DIDNT KNOW !! I will never step foot in @sesameplace ever again ! And please feel free to repost this. Actually run me my money back 😡🤬so mad I stopped the video but it got me so mad when he blatantly told them no.”

See the video below: