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On a high-profile case of alleged racial discrimination against two black girls sued SeaWorld for other alleged cases of “Pervasive and appalling” discrimination against children at Sesame Place Philadelphia.
Plaintiffs called in in the lawsuit are Baltimore, Maryland, residents of Quinton Burns and his 5-year-old daughter, who claim that four performers refused to participate with girl and other blacks children during the meeting last month. The performers “willingly” engaged in with “numerous” white kids, judging by the suit.
“Racism is terrible when it is done against adults, but in generally a separate category of horror when it’s done against Children who Can not fight back as well as who have struggle to understand how it’s ugly and how it must be eliminated from all sides of American Life, William Murphy one of lawyers for Burns family said at an afternoon press conference on Wednesday. in Philadelphia.
The plaintiffs are seeking at least $25 million. in losses from SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, which owns Sesame Place, on on behalf of of all Black people who visited Sesame Place from July 27, 2018 and “suffered uneven treatment” from SeaWorld staff. who ignored black children during interaction with similarly positioned white children”.
They want a jury trial.
The claim states that on Around June 18, Burns bought two tickets to the Bucks County, Pennsylvania theme park, which entitles him and his daughter meet and greet. They tried to participate in a meet and greet, but the performers dressed as Elmo, Ernie, Telly Monster and Abby Cadabby ignored them and the other blacks. children during interaction with white children— asserted in the lawsuit.
“SeaWorld broke their contracts with Burns and Class Members, when solely because of their race or skin color, and through its agents and/or employees, it has publicly and discriminatoryly denied Plaintiffs the opportunity enjoy in experience of meet and greet sesame street costume character performers as promised,” the lawsuit says.
Costume also says SeaWorld knew performers were racially biased against Black people.
Burns filed a lawsuit after seeing the viral video. of another incident of alleged discrimination that took place against family from New York. This video showed a performer dressed as the character Rosita, seemingly ignoring two young Black girls and then reaching for another girl – who in family, the lawyer said he was white – and hugged her.
Advocate for what family, Bivory Lamarr, called the incident a “racist act.” girls mother and the aunt demanded that the artist be fired, but she said that she would prefer avoid claim. Lamarr said Place Sesame should to be made to cover any mental health related expenses of girls, who he said we’re talking now with “severe emotional stress.”
Sesame Place originally said that the performer costume you can have made it’s hard to see the girls and this gesture “no” made the nature in in first the video was not specifically aimed at the couple. This gesture, according to the park, was made in “responding to multiple requests from someone in crowd who asked Rosita to hold their child for photo that is not allowed.
asked for comment about new video on On July 22, the theme park pointed out a statement to NBC10 saying it “heartily” apologized to family and that what the girls experienced was “unacceptable” and “against our values, principles and purpose”.
The park said they are reviewing their practice and introducing compulsory education. for all employees to ensure a “fair” and “inclusive” experience guests.
Since then, other families have also come. forward report racism at Sesame Place Philadelphia. Lamarr said that more more than 150 families have reached out him and his law firm with a statement about the similar behavior of performers in the park. The firm has found many claim they are unfounded but keep checking them and talking to potential clients.
Meanwhile, Burns, the Maryland plaintiff, said he was “offended” and “devastated” by the alleged treatment. of his daughter.
lawsuit also seeks an order requiring SeaWorld to make mandatory cultural sensitivity preparation for his employees.
“We will review lawsuit filed on on behalf of of Mr. Burns,” said Sesame Place. in response to lawsuit Wednesday. “We are looking forward for consideration of this requirement in the established judicial order. We are committed to providing an inclusive, fair and entertaining experience for all our guests.