Sesame Place Philadelphia has been hit with a $25 million class action lawsuit!
The suit claims the park and its employees have insulted and damaged black patrons, and lists a man named Quinton Burns, who says he and his family visited Sesame Place expecting they'd experience "Meet and Greets" with Sesame Street characters. Burns says when he and his child attended a "Meet and Greet" with costumed performers of Elmo, Ernie, Telly Monster and Abby Cadabby, the characters refused to engage with them and other black guests.
Burns says the performers were more than happy to engage with white customers at the same event, and the lawsuit comes directly on the heels of the video that surfaced showing character Rosita, not only refusing to hug, but shaking her head "no" at two young black girls who wanted to interact with her at a parade.
"We will review the lawsuit filed on behalf of Mr. Burns. We look forward to addressing that claim through the established legal process. We are committed to deliver an inclusive, equitable and entertaining experience for all our guests." A rep for Sesame Place said.