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Sesame Place promises more training after backlash



Sesame Place in Philadelphia has responded to a video, showing an employee in a Sesame character costume seemingly ignore two small Black girls during a parade.

The is under fire after the video emerged on Instagram, showing the two girls waiting along the side of the parade as a person in a costume of another character, Rosita, makes their way down. 

Before reaching the girls, the character gives out high-fives to another small child and an adult, but then ignores the two young black girls.

Sesame Place has now issued an apology, saying its employees will undergo more training following the backlash.

“The costumes our performers wear sometimes make it difficult to see at lower levels and sometimes our performers miss hug requests from guests.”

sesame place statement

Sesame Place went on to say that it had invited the family back for a personal meet-and-greet opportunity with the characters. 

Read the full statement here

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Cameras catch Ben Affleck ‘miserable’ at Grammys



The Grammy Awards made history but through it all, one actor stole the show for looking miserable

CBS’ cameras repeatedly caught Affleck looking bored sitting next to wife Jennifer Lopez during the show.

Many Grammy watchers noted how Affleck seemingly wanted to be anywhere but at the event, even whilst watching Stevie Wonder crush “Higher Ground”.

Online people loved it – one user writing ‘Ben Affleck is every husband dragged to a work thing by his wife’.

And at some point, after more than three hours of jokes, acceptance speeches and live performances, Ben Affleck got to go home.

The tense exchange begins with Ben whispering into J.Lo’s ear, only for her to jerk away and seemingly snap at him in response.

PR stunt or genuine married couple life? Either way, the producers got a very nice close up.

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Viola Davis achieves coveted ‘EGOT’ honour



Actress Viola Davis has won her first Grammy Award, for her memoir audiobook, “Finding Me”.

The 57-year-old has now become the 18th person to achieve the coveted EGOT status – which involves winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.

“It has just been such a journey,” Davis said in accepting the award. “I just EGOT!”

Davis is the fourth Black person, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson to claim the honour.

Stars are still dazzling on the red carpet like Taylor Swift in a midnight blue gown.

Comedian Trevor Noah hosts the ceremony for the third year running, so expect some humour amongst the performances from some of music’s biggest names.

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TICKER NEWS will soon land on FETCH TV



Next-gen news streamer TICKER NEWS is about to arrive on Fetch TV, bringing Australian audiences more live news and original programs.

TICKER will be available as a live network as part of the Fetch aggregation platform’s push into Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST).

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“This is an incredible moment for the TICKER team and a great achievement. Since our launch in 2019, we’ve been focused on building a leading FAST news streaming network, and we are tremendously proud to be embraced by the team at FETCH.”

The addition to Fetch comes at an exciting time for the platform, which will soon become the new platform for Telstra TV.

Fetch TV currently has around 670,000 active subscribers, and Telstra TV has 800,000, cementing TICKER”s position as the next-generation news channel for Australians.

Accessible from the TV Guide, TICKER NEWS will be available to Fetch customers on their TV and on the Fetch Mobi App from March 1, 2023.

TICKER NEWS broadcasts globally around the clock, spearheaded by a team of award-winning journalists and international correspondents.

TICKER produces headline news and analysis with newsmakers at the top of each hour, with reports from correspondents Veronica Dudo in New York, Ryan Thompson in Paris and Adam Hancock Singapore.

In time for the launch on FETCH, TICKER NEWS will unveil a series of original programs, including Great Business Leaders and Billionaire Blowups, and a new program hosted by AFL legend Chris Judd.

Through TICKER NEWS Insights, host Mike Loder interviews global entrepreneurs and business leaders – giving them a unique platform to share their story.

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“We are proud to call Australia home. Together with our distribution arrangement with Telstra TV and Flash News, TICKER has cemented its place as a fresh new voice for Australian audiences, who seek more fact-based news and less opinion.”

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