A lawyer for a New York woman who filmed a viral video of Sesame Place character brushing off his black 6-year-old daughter and niece claims other black families have approached his law firm with similar complaints of mistreatment. during visits.
Lawyer B’Ivory Lamarr’s spokeswoman also said Thursday that a new video of the July 17 incident at the Middletown theme park will be released on Friday, debunking park officials’ allegations of a misunderstanding.
The additional video was provided by a witness who provided the video to Lamarr after the original 9-second video of his client Jodi Brown went viral on social media this week amid allegations of racism, spokeswoman Tanya Wylie said.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Lamarr said he has a video that contradicts Sesame Place’s version of what happened to the “Rosita” character.
Wylie added that “several families” with similar negative experiences with the performer characters went to the law office after Brown posted her original video on Twitter and Instagram, which was viewed hundreds of thousands of times and received support on social media from the former ” representative of Destiny.” Child” singer Kelly Rowland.
Wiley did not provide additional information about other complaints received by the office.
Sesame Place Philadelphia, which operates the Bucks County theme park, has vehemently denied allegations of racism in statements posted on social media. A spokeswoman for the park did not comment on Thursday’s incident.
In its third statement since the dispute began, released Thursday night, Sesame Place again apologized to the Brown family for their experience at the park and called it “unacceptable.”
“This happened in our park, with our team, and we own it,” the statement said. “We have an obligation to make this better for the children and the family, and for all families.”
Park officials have been in touch with the family since Sunday morning and are in touch through Lamarr, and they offered to meet with Brown and Lamarr in person as early as Thursday to “personally apologize and acknowledge that we are responsible for ourselves.” for what happened,” the statement said.
“We want to listen to them to understand how this experience has affected their family and understand what we can do better for them and all the guests who visit our parks,” the statement said. “We are committed to making the best of this situation in order to make meaningful changes. We want every child who comes to our park to feel involved, seen and inspired.”
The park is also taking action and reviewing its practices to “identify needed changes, both immediate and long term,” including mandatory bias education and reaching out to “nationally recognized” experts in the field, the park said in a statement.
Sesame Place drew widespread backlash on social media due to what some believe was a refusal to take responsibility for the incident in its initial public statement, where it attributed the girls’ gaffe to the performer’s costume, arguing that it could sometimes get in the way of seeing guests. at lower levels.
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Park officials also allege that the “no” hand gesture shown in Brown’s video was directed at someone in the crowd behind the girls who wanted the character to hold the baby for a photo, according to the statement. Artists are not allowed to keep children.
Brown, who lives in Brooklyn, has called for an employee who abused the girls to be fired and vowed to fight for other black children whose families say they experienced the same rejection from characters in the park.
In Brown’s video, two girls wearing pink and blue backpacks can be seen impatiently waiting for “Rosita” to arrive during the parade in the park. The smallest of the girls, Brown’s niece, holds out her arms for a hug. Her daughter is shown extending her hand as the character approaches them in line.
The character is seen exchanging greetings with a white child and an adult. Then, a few steps away from the two girls, “Rosita” looks into the crowd and waves her finger without a gesture. She then appears to be looking at the girls and shakes her head and hand without gesture before moving away from the camera.
In television appearances, Brown claimed that after giving up the girls, the “Rosita” character interacted with a white family next to them, but the interaction was not caught on her camera.
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