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Sesame Place Philadelphia has announced bias training for its performers after one character is seen allegedly ignoring Black children in viral videos.

Multiple videos show a furry character hugging and interacting with white children at the Sesame Street-inspired theme park in Philadelphia.

The same character is seen waving off two Black girls while dismissively shaking his head "no," and continuing to walk past them.

Other videos show the character ignoring several more Black children while engaging with white children next to them.

In a statement on Monday, Sesame Place Philadelphia said the performer was following policy by not taking pictures with children or holding children.

Sesame Place spoke with the performer, who "has confirmed that the 'no' hand gesture" seen in the video was "not directed to any specific person" but was instead "a response to multiple requests from someone in the crowd" who asked them "to hold their child for a photo which is not permitted." The performer "did not intentionally ignore the girls and is devastated about the misunderstanding."

But the videos contradict the statement that the performer "did not intentionally ignore the girls."

As the public backlash escalated on social media, Sesame Place apologized to the family, promising, "We are taking actions to do better." Sesame Workshop also announced "bias training" for employees "and a thorough review of the ways in which they engage with families and guests," as "what these children experienced is unacceptable."

The family of the two girls has retained an attorney and are exploring potentially filing a lawsuit.

Attorney B'Ivory LaMarr told TMZ, "While we hate to rush to judgment to consider 'race' as the motivating factor to explain the performer's actions, such actions both before and after the young girl's request only lead to one conclusion."

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Tariq Nasheed is calling out Sesame Place's character, Rosita, for apparently ignoring Black children at Philadelphia's Sesame Street-inspired theme park.

Tariq called out Sesame Place for allowing the character to blatantly ignore Black children.

Tariq posted two videos that seem to show the furry blue character walking past Black and brown children while stopping to engage with white kids.

"The employee who performs in the Rosita costume seems to engage in a pattern of deliberately ignoring Black children who tries to engage with the character," he wrote in one post.

"This employee needs to be fired TODAY, unless Sesame Place condones this type of anti-Black energy."

"@SesamePlace Black children should not be repeatedly subjected to this type of targeted neglect at your establishments. So again, your bogus statement you released give the appearance that you condone this pattern of behavior."

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The Biden administration has recruited Sesame Street characters to push Covid-19 mRNA vaccinations for children.

Big Bird, the 8'-2" longtime Sesame Street resident, was reportedly recruited to push the vaccines because he is only 6 years old.

The FDA approved the mRNA vaccines for children ages 5-11 last week. Big Bird tweeted on Saturday:

"I got the Covid-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it'll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy."

"Good on ya, @BigBird," Joe Biden tweeted Sunday night. "Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe."

Senator Ted Cruz retweeted Big Bird's post with the caption, "Government propaganda ... for your 5 year old!"

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Sesame Street introduced two "woke" new Muppets, a Black father, Elijah, and his 5-year-old son, Wes, to teach 2-year-old children about "racial literacy" and "racial justice."

The main audience for Sesame Street is aged two, according to Wikipedia.com.

In a promo tweeted by CBS News, the father and son have a conversation with Elmo who asks why young Wes' skin is brown. His dad, Elijah, explains the concept of melanin so a 2-year-old can understand.

"Things on the outside, like our skin color, our hair texture, our noses, our mouths and eyes, make us who we are," says Elijah.

Sesame Workshop also released a music video to the song "Giant" where the Sesame Street Muppets celebrate their "own unique identities."

One video features Rosita, her mother and a friend who celebrate speaking Spanish.

Sesame Workshop says toddlers aren't too young to learn about racial differences.

"Children are not colorblind — not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age," Sesame Workshop's Senior Vice President Dr. Jeanette Betancourt said in a statement.

Watch the Sesame Street trailer below.
 

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Billy Porter clapped back at critics who object to his appearance on the children's educational TV series Sesame Street.

Porter lashed out at social media users who argue that there are some things children should not be exposed to - and a man in drag is one of those things.

Social media users expressed their outrage after Porter announced he'll be appearing on the show in the dress he wore to last year's Oscar Awards.

The Pose actor, who is a vocal member of the LGBT+ community, is renowned for his flamboyant style and red carpet attire, which includes dresses and feathers - lots of feathers.

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Porter, 50, will wear the black Christian Siriano tuxedo gown on an upcoming episode of the popular children's show later this year.

Critics, including the state senator of Arkansas, Jason Rapert, tore into Porter on Facebook, asking "Do you approve of your taxpayer dollars being used to promote the radical LGBTQ agenda?"

Rapert called for the end of taxpayer support for Sesame Street, a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series which critics say has become a progressive child-indoctrination program.

A petition circulated to have the episode pulled and even accused the program of trying to "sexualize children using drag queens."

The Broadway star clapped back in a chat with the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, insisting: "If you don't like it, don't watch it."

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Adding that it's unusual to make the mental leap from his dress to "perverted demon sex," he continued: "Like, what about me singing with a penguin (puppet, on the show) has anything to do with what I'm doing in my bedroom?"

"The really interesting thing for me is that that's what it's all about when it comes to LGBTQ people — the first thing everyone wants to talk about is how we having sex."

Porter concluded: "Stay out of my bedroom and you will be fine — that is none of your business."

But critics point the finger of blame at the LGBT+ community's highly sexualized and sexually immoral behavior during public spectacles such as Pride parades.

Kevin Clash, Sesame Street puppeteer and longtime voice of beloved puppet Elmo, resigned in 2012 at age 50, after several young men came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers.

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In the wake of this week's Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's ban on gay marriage, the New Yorker magazine thought it would be cute to feature Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie as a gay couple on its same-sex cover.

The cover features silhouettes of the iconic puppets cuddling on a sofa while watching coverage of the SCOTUS decision on television.

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Sesame Street Gordon dumps wife

The ex-wife of one of Sesame Street's most lovable characters has filed for spousal support after she alleges he dumped her for a younger woman.

Roscoe Orman, who played the kind and nurturing "dad" Gordon Robinson, is accused of leaving his ex-wife, Sharon Orman, "destitute" after 40 years of marriage.

“I want people to know he’s been living a double life,” Sharon told The NY Post's Page SIx. “I gave up my career to raise the kids and never cheated on him. I am the one who made him a ‘Sesame Street’ dad. This is what I get after 40 years? You can leave me now?”

The Ormans, who have 4 grown children, never legally married.

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Just as we thought: Kevin Clash, the man behind the voice of Sesame Street's iconic puppet Elmo, bought his accuser's silence for $125K, TMZ reports. In addition to cutting a phat check, Clash and his attorneys demanded a retraction of public statements that his accuser Sheldon Stephens made about having underage sex with the puppeteer.

In a prelude to a lawsuit, Stephens claimed he had sexual relations with Clash, 52, when he was only 16.

Multiple sources tell TMZ that Clash and his attorneys met with Stephens and his legal team to hand over the check -- and to hash out an agreement that including only one stipulation:

Stephens agrees that immediately upon execution of this Agreement, his counsel, Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., shall release the [following] statement ... 'He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.'"

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Justin Bieber and Elmo

Even before Frank Ocean or Anderson Cooper set foot outside of their closets, the gay agenda has been working feverishly to indoctrinate, I mean teach your children to lovingly accept the gay lifestyle as normal.

Now that the Elmo gay sex scandal is splashed across front pages all over the country, it will probably be more difficult to shield your children from gay sexual innuendoes -- even on Sesame Street.

Kevin Clash, the 52-year-old puppeteer who has his hand up the back of Sesame Street's most famous puppet, has been outed as a gay man who prefers to wine and dine teenage boys. How will parents explain that to their inquisitive adolescents?

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Sheldon Stephens

The gay man who was wined and dined at age 18 by the then 48-year-old puppeteer Kevin Clash has been unmasked as a gay escort who made his living fleecing gullible entertainment industry down low gays.

The Smoking Gun identified Pennsylvania resident Sheldon Stephens, 23, as the man who attempted to cash in on a lawsuit that alleged he was only 16 when he met Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's famed Elmo muppet.

Stephens, a sometime model with hazel eyes, describes himself on his Facebook page’s “About” page as “a rare breed. I'm very spontaneous and random… I'm determined and goal oriented. My destiny is laid on a solid gold brick pathway....... MY FUTURE IS BRIGHT and never will it dim.”

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Elmo Accuser Recants

Elmo's voice can breath a sigh of relief now that his accuser has recanted his allegations of underage sex.

The law firm that represents Kevin Clash's unidentified accuser released a statement Tuesday afternoon that read:

"He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter.”

Mr. Clash, who is on leave from Sesame Street, said through a spokeswoman: "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."

The sudden reversal led to speculation that the now 23-year-old accuser was paid handsomely for his silence by Clash or Sesame Street.

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Gossip website TMZ.com has obtained emails exchanged by Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street muppet Elmo, and a teenage boy. Clash, 52, has taken a leave of absence after being accused of underage sex with the boy when he was 16.

In one email Clash (who is married) writes, "I'm sorry that I keep talking about sex with you, its driving me insane."

Clash continued: "I'll have my assistant book a ticket for you to come to NY and we can talk about this in person."

Sesame Street reprimanded Clash for inappropriate use of company emails.

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Kevin Clash Elmo

Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street muppet Elmo for the past 2 decades, has taken a leave of absence after being accused of underage sex with a 16-year-old boy.

Clash, 52, vehemently denies the allegations although he doesn't deny a sexual relationship took place between him and the now 23-year-old man.

"I had a relationship with [the accuser]," Clash told TMZ. "It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not."

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