Kelly Rowland on ‘Sesame Street’ Controversy: “This Just Made Me So Mad!”
Kelly Rowland has spoken and she’s not happy.
A viral video surfaced over the weekend, showing Sesame Street character Rosita ignoring two young Black girls who were waiting to meet the character during a parade celebration.
The character high-fived a few children and folks, who were white, ignored the two young Black girls waiting, and kept walking the parade.
Rowland spoke up about the situation and was heated.
In an Instagram video, the singer said she would be “up in flames” had that been her in the clip.
"Like, are you serious?” the actress began.
“You're not going to speak to my child?" And did you see that baby's face at the end? The little one with the pink on? She deserves an explanation. Hello."
The park released a statement after the incident surfaced, claiming it was a “misunderstanding.”
"Our brand, our park, and our employees stand for inclusivity and equality in all forms," the statement read.
"Regarding the incident yesterday, the costumes our performers wear sometimes make it difficult to see at lower levels and sometimes our performers miss hug requests from guests. The performer portraying the Rosita character has confirmed that the 'no' hand gesture seen several times in the video was not directed to any specific person, rather it was a response to multiple requests from someone in the crowd who asked Rosita to hold their child for a photo which is not permitted."