Images ‘contradict’ park’s account, lawyer says
VIDEO: Another angle of Sesame Place’s “Rosita” snub
A lawyer has released a new video he says contradicts Sesame Place’s excuse for the apparent snub of two black girls by a costumed character.
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The lawyer for a New York mother claiming her daughter and niece were intentionally ignored by a Sesame Place character because they are black has released a video they say contradicts the theme park version of Middletown on what happened.
In the 31-second video of the July 16 parade, attorney B’Ivory LaMarr, who represents Brooklyn resident Jodi Brown, says no one appears to be standing behind the two 6-year-old girls when an employee in a costume “Rosita” gestures “no” to the girls, who were looking for hugs, after clapping white guests.
Sesame Place claimed the performer was gesturing to another park guest not seen in the video, who wanted “Rosita” to hold her child for a photo, which is not allowed. The park also said the character costumes the performers wear can sometimes make it difficult to see guests on lower levels.
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Sesame Place Philadelphia, which is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, has denied allegations that the girls were intentionally neglected by the entertainer because of their race.
The company has repeatedly apologized to Brown, calling the incident “unacceptable.” The park announced Thursday that it was reviewing its practices to identify immediate and long-term changes, hired a “nationally recognized” expert to assist them, and implemented new mandatory bias training for employees.
A Sesame Place spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email Friday asking for comment on the new footage or whether the “Rosita” singer had been disciplined. In its initial statement, the park said the employee was “devastated” to learn of the misunderstanding.
Brown argues that the performer intentionally rejected requests for hugs from his daughter and niece, and instead raised five adults and children of different races on either side of them.
His original 9-second cellphone video of the encounter posted to social media on Sunday sparked a firestorm of criticism against the popular children’s theme park, its handling of Brown’s claims and allegations of insensitive behavior by employees towards guests black.
LaMarr argues that the new, longer video, which appears to have been shot from a wider angle and from across the parade route, supports his client’s version of what happened. The footage was filmed and provided by another guest at the same parade, LaMarr said.
The final seconds of the new video appear to show no one standing behind or between a white woman in a purple shirt and Brown’s daughter and niece in the parade line.
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LaMarr added that the video clip also confirms Brown’s claims that after rejecting her daughter and niece, Rosita’s costumed employee interacted with another child of a different race, which Brown claims happened after. the cut of his video.
Brown and others are calling for the artist’s immediate identification and dismissal.
LaMarr claimed that “several families” with similar negative experiences with character performers have contacted his law firm since Brown posted his video to Twitter and Instagram.
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A south-central Pennsylvania man, who is black, posted a video of what he says showing an employee wearing an ‘Elmo’ costume ignoring his 5-year-old daughter’s request for a high-five during a visit to the theme park on the 4th of July.
The Instagram video had over 30,000 views as of Friday morning.
In its final public statement, Sesame Place said it had been in contact with Brown and his attorney and offered to meet Brown and LaMarr in person to offer a personal apology and “acknowledgment that we hold ourselves accountable.” for what happened.”
“We want to listen to them to understand how the experience has impacted their family and understand what we can best do for them and all guests who visit our parks,” the park said.
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