Two people were arrested during a protest staged by civil rights activists outside of Sesame Place Philadelphia demanding changes following accusations of racism at the theme park.
Police took two Black men into custody over the weekend, charging them with disorderly conduct for blocking a sidewalk during the demonstration after issuing several warnings. In addition to changes, the protestors were urging parents to boycott the theme park, according to CBS3 Philly.
The controversy at Sesame Place Philadelphia began after a video went viral on social media. It showed a worker in a “Rosita” costume seemingly ignoring two Black girls who looked disappointed when the costumed character snubbed them but hugged and waved at other children. Following the initial viral video, more videos surfaced that showed “Rosita” apparently ignoring other Black children.
The mother of the two Black girls said she brought the issue to the attention of management but they did nothing. Sesame Place released several statements after the incident went viral raising more questions.
More about the Sesame Place racism accusations can be found here.
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