Not everything is “A-Okay” for Sesame Street’s Mexican Muppet Rosita these days.
In the wake of a scandal sparked by a triggered mother who claimed Rosita is racist because the character didn’t lavish enough attention on her daughter and niece, Sesame Place decided to remove all traces of the bilingual Muppet from its Philadelphia theme park.
#BabyPaige & her cute lil friends went to @SesamePlace this weekend to celebrate Paige's 4th birthday & this is how #SesamePlace treated these beautiful Black children. I'm HOT. pic.twitter.com/wATjpRzUF1
— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) July 17, 2022
Buildings featuring her sweet green face have reportedly been closed since July, when the incident went viral on social media, and staff is saying Rosita has been “canceled,” according to the Daily Mail.
As BizPac Review reported at the time, following the supposed slight of the little girls, a Baltimore father of an allegedly snubbed five-year-old girl demanded Sesame Place pony up the outrageous sum of $25 million, claiming four park costume-clad employees deliberately ignored their little girl as well as other black attendees at a June “meet-and-greet.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 28, 2022
The lawsuit, brought by Quinton Burns, prompted Sesame Place to insist it was all about inclusivity, adding that the costumed employees simply couldn’t see the little kids because their field of vision is limited.
“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,” the park said in a statement to the CBS affiliate.
According to the park, Rosita wasn’t waving off hugs from the first two little girls. She was gesturing “no” to another guest who wanted her to hold their kid for a photo — a no-no according to the park’s policies.
Still, social justice warriors lost their minds and flocked to the press to signal their virtue.
Even the Reverand Jesse Jackson jumped into the fray, penning a letter to the CEO of SeaWorld — the theme park’s parent — in which he demanded the company hire more black executives, conduct sensitivity training, and set aside money for African American businesses.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 30, 2022
And now, as though a shaggy Muppet named Rosita is actually a racist, when, obviously, if — and that is a big “if” — anyone was being racist it was the human wearing the silly costume, Sesame Place is shutting down establishments such as Rosita’s Cocina restaurant which has been closed “for weeks” while summer tourists filled the park.
“With recent events, Rosita hasn’t been around much anymore,” one staff member told the Daily Mail. “She’s been taken off the parade entirely since the racism allegations.”
“None of the characters walk the street in the parade anymore, and any meet and greets for her have been called off,” the employee continued. “That is all because of the allegations, they don’t want anyone potentially making the same claims.”
“Essentially, Rosita has been canceled,” the staffer said, “and I don’t think she’ll be back any time soon.”
Mugs, figurines, stuffed toys, and a host of other merchandise featuring the images of other Sesame Street characters are all for sale at Sesame Place, but Rosita is noticeably missing.
Over on Twitter, many see the move by Sesame Place as yet another example of what happens to a society when companies cave to woke mobs.
“‘So because a family claims a racial slight, and followed up with a $25 mill lawsuit, one of the most entertaining aspects of the park must go,” the user tweeted in response to having no more Sesame Street characters on the streets of Sesame Place. “We’re enshrining this paranoia in daily life.”
“None of the characters walk the street anymore.” So because a family claims a racial slight, and followed up with a $25 mill lawsuit, one of the most entertaining aspects of the park must go. We’re enshrining this paranoia in daily life. https://t.co/tHLIVOioom
— Steve Salerno … ᴀs Eᴅᴇɴ sɪɴᴋs ᴛᴏ ɢʀɪᴇғ. (@iwrotesham) October 2, 2022
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