PHILADELPHIA CREAM — A Baltimore-based law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Sesame Place after another family said they were treated unfairly because of the color of their skin.
The Advocates Wednesday Afternoon Announcement Featuring Murphy, Falcon & Murphy comes after outrage over a viral video that appears to show the costumed character, Rosita, snubbing two young black girls during a parade at the park.
The nine-second video, posted to Instagram on July 16 by Jodi Brown, the mother of one of the girls, showed Rosita clapping a white child and woman, then gesturing “no” and s walking away from the two girls who had their arms outstretched for a hug and a high-five during a parade at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
But Malcolm Ruff, one of the attorneys, said he was representing the Burns family, a different family than seen in the most recent video.
Ruff said 5-year-old Kennedi was visiting Sesame Place with his family on June 18 when the same thing happened to them. Ruff said there is video of the incident, but it hasn’t been released yet.
The lawsuit alleges that SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. engages in pervasive and appalling racial discrimination against children in the operation of Sesame Place Philadelphia.
They also say Sesame Place broke a contract with park visitors who purchased a ticket and that violated the Burns family’s civil rights.
During an interview with Action News on Saturday, Cathy Valeriano, president and CEO of Sesame Place, said the park was reviewing its internal practices, both immediate and long-term.
“As an organization we are heartbroken that these girls went through this and it is up to us,” she said.
Valeriano said Rosita’s costume performer hasn’t worked since July 16.
Action News has contacted Sesame Place regarding the most recent filing, but we have yet to receive a response.
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