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Sesame Street Themed Characters Accused of Racism, Bert Slaps Black Child: Latest Settlement Odds

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Jul/21/2022

Gambling911.com has released odds on whether a Sesame Street-themed park in Pennsylvania settles with the parent of a small child snubbed by a Rosita mascot.  The mother claims it is because the child was black.

The nine-second video, posted to Instagram on Saturday by Jodi Brown, the mother of one of two girls, showed the character Rosita high-fiving a white child and woman, then gesturing “no” and walking away from the two girls who had their arms stretched out for a hug and high-five during the parade at Sesame Place in Langhorne, outside Philadelphia.

“I will never step foot in @sesameplace ever again,” Brown said online.

Gambling911.com has early odds set at -150 that the theme park will settle with the mother prior to December 31, 2022.

In another bizarre video, a Philadelphia woman shared a video of the “Sesame Street” character Bert “slapping” a black girl at the park.

"The View" host Whoopie Goldberg reached out to Sesame Place over the multiple incidents.

"What the Hell?," she said. 

“I’m still waiting on answers from when your character slapped my little cousin!!” the Facebook user wrote, tagging Sesame Place.

In yet another video posted, one Sesame Place character can be seen approaching a small black child and knocking her to the ground.

For its part, Sesame Place apologized and said it will provide bias training for park employees.

"The View" host Whoopie Goldberg said she reached out to the park. "What the Hell?" she asked.

"And if you think they did not catch hell for what was done, it's crazy. The two little girls are six year olds, they are cousins, and Rosita was their favorite character," she said, while co-host Sunny Hostin interjected to say what bothered her was the park's initial reaction and the fact that other videos emerged showing that "Rosita seems to be a repeat offender."

Sesame Place is a licensed park partner of the non-profit Sesame Workshop, while the park itself is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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