TI is calling on culture to shut down Sesame Place over viral videos of cast members ignoring black children

Many are outraged after numerous viral videos revealed a pattern of black children being abused or ignored by Sesame Street character actors during a parade at Philadelphia’s Sesame Place theme park last weekend. Singer Kelly Rowland was among the first celebrities to speak out for a Philadelphia mom who watched her two daughters being ignored by the Rosita mascot.

Now rappers ti calls on the culture to cancel the theme park. On Wednesday, July 20, he shared a fan-made compilation video on Instagram with additional instances of the Rosita performer ignoring black children at the same Sesame Square parade.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 9: TI attends Rip Micheals’ April Fools Comedy Jam at the Barclays Center on April 9, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

“Time to activate the culture. Hold that Muuuu*£ucka Down‼️ Our kids are watching and they can see,” the Atlanta native captioned on Instagram. “So what do we do? #USorElse.”

In another post, TI shared the flyer for the Sesame Place Discrimination Conference, taking place ahead of the Sesame Workshop in New York today. A line at the bottom of the flyer says, “We will not accept racism.”

Many in the comments agreed with TI’s post and response and applauded, adding that the abuse of black children tarnished Sesame Street’s reputation and legacy.

“Thank you TIP for never stopping whistleblowing!”

“My my my… What a way to ruin Sesame Street’s legacy by allowing racism to run through the characters.”

“Protect the children by all means.”

“Sorry af that makes me mad at the babies. but by the way, that cover fye tho lol.”

“Good! They were wrong! You must be a good person to mistreat innocent children.”

After other viral videos featuring Sesame Street character Rosita circulated online, fans began sharing videos of other series characters reflecting the same behavior toward black children. In one clip, a black mother held her toddler, who repeatedly waved to get the attention of “Telly Monster,” who walked right past her.

“So what’s going on at Sesame Square? Even the parents noticed what was happening. Racism in this place,” one person tweeted.

Oscar-winning director and writer Matthew A. Cherry also chimed in to express his disapproval at the fact that the two black girls were ignored in the original video. Like many others, he found Rosita giving high-fives to everyone who walked by, including two white children, and looking down at the two girls, shaking her finger to say “no.” Cherry claims Jim HensonHe, who created the Muppet characters, would be “humiliated” if he saw the video.

“These beautiful young black girls are better able to high-five the real Rosita on the real @sesamestreet set in an actual episode when that’s all said and done. Jim Henson would be more than ashamed of that.”

“You have to explain that. Well, why would they hit that little girl,” said another fan, who shared a video of Bert giving high-fives to kids as he passed. When Bert reached a young black girl, he lightly slapped her on the chin.

After the first viral incident, Sesame Street issued a statement claiming, “The Rosita actor did not intentionally ignore the girls and is devastated at the misunderstanding.”

Jodi BrownShe, who we now know as the girls’ mother and aunt, has now sought a lawyer as she worries about how the incident will affect the children. In an interview with TMZ, Attorney B’Ivory LaMarr says they are considering a lawsuit, claiming the videos revealed a pattern of discrimination.

“While we hate to jump to conclusions, to look at ‘race’ as a motivating factor in explaining the performer’s actions, such actions, both before and after the young girl’s request, only lead to one conclusion,” he told the outlet.

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Dustin Huang

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