How I Met Your Mother Creators Respond To Racism Charges

The CBS sitcom came under fire after Monday night's episode

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Monday’s episode of How I Met Your Mother didn’t quite elicit the reaction the creators were hoping for. The episode—which featured Marshall (Jason Segel) meeting three characters from a Kung Fu movie, played by the show’s other (white) stars, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan—prompted viewers to protest the casts’ stereotypical Asian costumes and accents. It wasn’t long before the hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism began appearing on Twitter and, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

On Wednesday, the series’ co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas addressed the controversy—and apologized—in a series of tweets:

[The Hollywood Reporter]

13 comments
GuoLiang
GuoLiang

More retarded white libs care about this than Asians do.

vrcplou
vrcplou

I thought it was a slaptastic episode! .I'm offended that the creators felt the need to apologize for it.

randersontt2
randersontt2

Never, ever acknowledge that race even exists.  People are all the same.  All of them.  In every way.  And equal too.  Gender doesn't exist either.

wulfdjservice
wulfdjservice

I miss America's sense of humor...R.I.P. Please forgive me if I offended anyone

Openminded1
Openminded1

Oh my god call the race police, al, jessie, oprah, Obama, the aclu, NAACP, and everyone who is a moron ,it is a sitcom dummys.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

libtards getting butthurt about a non-issue. what a surprise

aztecian
aztecian

@Openminded1really, you take this as a joke??? how lame.  the show needs to go.  it is ridiculous that in 2014 we still have total disregard for other people except for white europeans.  welcome to ameriKKKa!

RAHSlipTwizt29
RAHSlipTwizt29

It has nothing to do with be liberal or conservative. I am a liberal person and was not offended. And just in case you didn't know, the show is liberal itself; and so are the actors and actresses.

CMichaelBarnes
CMichaelBarnes

@aztecian @Openminded1  It was a clear homage to the kung-fu movies of the 70's and 80's which were, themselves, "offensive" by today's standards. These "asian" characters were encountered somewhere in the Orient, if I remember correctly, and - though they weren't portrayed in yellowface - the characters were meant to be east-asian people in eastern asia. East-asians in eastern asia generally have accents reflecting the fact that they're east-asians who have grown up in eastern asia - as, remember, our characters here are supposed to be. 

At the most, the costumes were offensive - except, again, for the fact that this was a parody of kung-fu movies of the 70's and 80's, in which the characters dressed - hey, guess what - in stereotypical east-asian garb. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Openminded1 You ever watch black sitcoms racist. You and your double standards. black sitcoms and black comedy acts make fun of whites and asians , and rag heads and even other blacks. Its humor moron. the whites do not bitch about it and pull the race card but blacks always resort to the race card like you do. get the chip of your shoulder, you where never a slave, I am 63 years old and I was never a slave. The Asians in this country do just fine, and the hispanics are out numbering every one else and will do fine too.  You always mention the KKK, they are nothing now they are a laugh that no one really cares about, with no power. Get over it, blacks are far more racist now in 2014 then any whites are. You seem to forget who is in the White House, and it was white people who put him there.