PHILADELPHIA – A Baltimore family sued a Sesame street-themed amusement park worth $25 millions for racial discrimination. They claim that multiple characters ignored a five-year-old Black girl at a meet and greet event.
The lawsuit follows a viral video that showed two Black girls being ignored by an employee at Langhorne Park outside Philadelphia. After the viral video, Sesame Place issued a statement in which it apologized and promised to provide more training to its workers.
The suit, which seeks class action status, was filed in a federal court in Philadelphia against SeaWorld Parks, the owner of the Sesame Place, for “pervasive and appalling race discrimination.”
The lawsuit claims that four employees dressed up as Sesame street characters ignored Quinton and Kennedi Burns during the meet-and greet on June 18.. According to the lawsuit, “SeaWorld’s entertainers readily engaged in conversation with many similarly situated white customers
Malcolm Ruff (one of the family’s lawyers) called on SeaWorld to be transparent and compensate the Burns family. This suit was filed with the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania.