'How I Met Your Mother' bosses apologize over alleged racism

A scene from How I Met Your Mother's kung-fu episode.

A scene from How I Met Your Mother's kung-fu episode.

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The creators of hit TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother have apologized after they were accused of causing offence by including a "silly and unabashedly immature" homage to kung fu movies in the show.

During an episode of the long-running series, which aired on Monday, Jason Segel's character, Marshall, travels to China to train with three masters in the art of slapping.

The masters were played by his co-stars, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan, who were dressed up to look Asian, and the scenes angered a number of viewers, who took to Twitter.com to complain using the hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism.

The show's creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have now responded by offering up a public apology.

In a series of posts on Twitter.com, Bays writes, "Hey guys, sorry this took so long. Craig and I want to say a few words about ‪#HowIMetYourRacism... With Monday's episode, we set out to make a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies, a genre we've always loved...‬

"But along the way we offended people. We're deeply sorry, and we're grateful to everyone who spoke up to make us aware of it... We try to make a show that's universal, that anyone can watch and enjoy.

"We fell short of that this week, and feel terrible about it... To everyone we offended, I hope we can regain your friendship, and end this series on a note of goodwill. Thanks."

Thomas added, "I second everything Carter just tweeted - we love all #HIMYM (How I Met Your Mother) fans and apologize that we caused offence."

How I Met Your Mother will end its nine-season run on March 31.

 

 

 

 

 


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