Mother says daughter was racially discriminated against at Chuck E Cheese

A New Jersey mother has claimed the costumed mouse at Chuck E Cheese purposefully ignored her young black daughter (Pictures: belllahijabi/Twitter)

Chuck E Cheese has come under fire after a mother accused the costumed character of racially discriminating against her toddler.

The mother shared a video clip to Twitter showing Chuck E Cheese, the restaurant’s mouse mascot, high-fiving white children who are standing on a stand and ignoring a black girl standing below who was holding her hand out.

‘On July 30 at Chuck E Cheese in Wayne, NJ, my 2yo was racially discriminated against,’ the mother wrote in the Twitter post.

‘As you can see, he gives all of the yt (white) kids hi-5s & PURPOSEFULLY ignored by black baby. When confronted he ignored me as well.’

The mother added that the manager, who she identified as Angie Valasquez, ‘made excuses’ for the costume character.

‘Saying she’s “sorry I feel that way” but he didn’t see her, even after showing her the PROOF in the video,’ the mother added in a separate tweet.

In another tweet, she shared a photo of her daughter and the costumed mouse, who posed with the girl after management ‘swore the character had been unable to see the girl through its costume and ‘insisted’ they take a picture.

‘I wasn’t for it, but Safa was still innocently following him around — of course, unaware of what just happened. Just for her to take a picture like this,’ she wrote along with a photo of her toddler crossing her arms for the photo.

While the mother claimed white children were acknowledged by the mouse and that her daughter, who is black, was ignored — some Twitter users agreed with the manager that the person inside the costume may have been unable to see the child.

‘It really didn’t look like they saw her. The other kids they high fived were stood on a stage and were at a higher level. I feel bad for the kid if she was disappointed or upset, but I do think this is more likely he just didn’t see her,’ one person commented.

However, other Twitter users were quick to share other videos of Chuck E Cheese interacting with children who were standing in similar positions to the girl.

‘I used to work at @ChuckECheese and wear that suit all the time you can see below you not an excuse,’ another commentator added.

The viral footage comes after similarly costumed characters at Sesame Place, a Philadelphia theme park, . That girl’s father, Quinton Burns, has since , over racial discrimination.

Several videos of Sesame Street characters appearing to ignore black children during parades have gone viral in recent weeks.

Sesame Place has issued several apologies, the first explaining that the character had difficulty seeing in the costume and had been seen gesturing ‘no’ to a parent who was asking them to hold their child for a photo.

In a second statement, the amusement park said they will review the lawsuit and are ‘committed to deliver an inclusive, equitable and entertaining experience for all our guests.’

Chuck E Cheese has not yet released a statement following the woman’s accusations of racial discrimination.



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