The black family whose children were rebuffed by the Sesame Place character say new footage has pierced the theme park’s initial explanation for the humiliating incident.
Remember, in response to the initial viral video … Sesame Place made a statement saying that its Rosita character “confirmed that the ‘no’ hand gesture seen multiple times in the video was not intended for a specific individual, but rather was a response to several requests from someone in the crowd.” The answer was to ask Rosita to hold her child for a picture, which is not allowed.”
The potential problem for Sesame Place is this new, wider angle—from the other side of the parade route—doesn’t support it… at least according to attorneys. B’ivory Lamara,
Representing LaMarr’s family Jodi Brown — His daughter and niece are the girls who tried to converse with Rosita — and he believes the new video obtained by his law firm undermines Park’s claim.
He doesn’t see anyone offering Rosita a baby to hold… nowhere near the girls, anyway. In fairness to Sesame Place, the video is shot from across the street, so you can’t hear any potential conversation between the parents and anyone in Rosita costume.
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Additionally, LaMarr thinks the new video shows Rosita’s disapproval was hinted at. only for black girls,
If true, this would be significant because as Sesame Place claimed, “the Rosita artist did not intentionally neglect the girls and was devastated about the misunderstanding.”
As we’ve reported… more videos of similar incidents at the park have surfaced, and Sesame Place is promising tighten things up With an in-depth review of bias training and how park workers engage with guests.
LaMarr says he has been flooded with calls from other people who were at the same Sesame Place parade as the pair and the girls.
LaMarr says community workers, like Tamika MalloryOrganized programs to encourage people who are outraged by the viral video.
As far as the Brown family is concerned, they say that their ultimate goal is to remove whatever was in the Rosita outfit, and to sincerely apologize to Sesame Place… something they feel hasn’t happened yet. .
Sesame Place tells TMZ … they have been in contact with Lamar, and have offered to personally meet with him and the family to apologize and acknowledge that they hold themselves responsible for what happened. It also says, “We want to hear them to understand how the experience affected their family and to understand what we can do better for them and all the guests visiting our parks.”
Park says the previously mentioned bias training is now mandatory for all employees – and it is already engaged with nationally recognized experts to provide a more inclusive and equitable experience at Park.