The claims of racism levied against Sesame Place Philadelphia aren't dying down following the release of a now-viral video in which amusement park character Rosita appears to snub two Black girls, and now a different Black parent has filed a $25 million class action lawsuit against the park for racism.
The lawsuit claims the Langhorne, PA park and its employees have insulted and damaged Black visitors, especially children. It lists Quinton Burns, who says Sesame Place characters ignored his young daughter and other Black children during a "Meet and Greet" event, which he purchased tickets for, on June 18, 2022. He says performers costumed as Elmo, Ernie, Telly Monster, and Abby Cadabby refused to engage with him and his daughter and other Black guests, but happily interacted with white patrons at the same event.
The suit was precipitated by Jodi Brown's video from a parade at Sesame Place Philadelphia in which character Rosita appears to not only shake her head no at Brown's daughter and niece, but also refused to hug them. Brown's attorney, whom TMZ spoke with, says they're in speaking with Sesame Place about making the incident right, but also haven't ruled out legal action.
A rep for Sesame Place told TMZ that they are reviewing Burns's lawsuit and "We look forward to addressing that claim through the established legal process. We are committed to deliver an inclusive, equitable and entertaining experience for all our guests."