The Brown family’s attorney said they were “tired of talking” in a statement after the meeting. Sesame Place executives met with the family in August and parent company executives agreed to do the same. Only legal advisers and company representatives showed up for Friday’s meeting, according to reports. Something is loading.
Tension between Sesame Place and the family of two young black girls continues after the CEO of its parent company failed to show up for a promised meeting on Friday.
In a statement, the attorney said the family was “tired of talking” after only attorneys and company representatives attended the meeting, according to CBS News.
“To appease the Brown family and the community at large, we were given the illusion that SeaWorld Entertainment wanted to ‘do good’ and mediate the case,” said Brown family attorney B’lovory LaMarr. , in the press release.
“However, what was characterized as mediation this week turned into a meeting where the Browns were finally able to air their concerns and were then offered a sandwich and cookies,” he continued.
Sesame Place has made headlines after Jodi Brown’s daughter and niece were seen being greeted by an employee dressed as a Sesame Street ‘Rosita’ character in a viral video posted on social media by the mother of Brown.
The online backlash led the Brown family and the Reverend Jesse Jackson to meet with Sesame Place executives in August, while executives at parent company SeaWorld promised a meeting in the future, CBS said in a report. previous.
Sesame Place has since announced mandatory diversity and inclusion training for all employees and offered the Brown family the chance to visit the park again, but the Browns declined the invitation, according to the CBS report.
Sesame Street’s “Rosita” character Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images
LaMarr accused SeaWorld of failing to provide an update on whether the employee playing Rosita had been terminated or disciplined.
Another family has announced a $25 million class action lawsuit against the owners of Sesame Place, Insider reports, and the Brown family’s attorney said he is monitoring the lawsuit because all options are still on the table.
“After nearly two months of engagement, it has become apparent and we believe SeaWorld Entertainment management does not respect the political power of African American civil rights leaders and their outreach within the community,” LaMarr said. in the press release.
“We further believe that they are not respecting the African American dollars that contribute to the profitability of SeaWorld and Sesame Place.”