How I Met Your Mother co-creators, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays apologized after Monday’s Kung-Fu parody episode caused uproar on Twitter, with #HowIMetYourRacism trending.


How I Met Your Mother aired “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra” on Monday, Jan. 13, and immediately sparked outrage. In the episode, Marshall (Jason Segel) tells a story of how he learned to deliver the ‘Slap of A Million Exploding Suns’ for his last slap to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). The ‘Slap Bet’ between Marshall and Barney has been a running joke throughout most of the series, but things took a turn in the most recent episode when Marshall took viewers on a kung-fu film inspired adventure that featured all of their white friends in Yellowface – dressed as Asian caricatures.

Asian-American writer and activist, Suey Park, began using the hashtag ‘How I Met Your Racism’ and the hashtag gained momentum, eventually trending on Twitter.

'HIMYM' Apologizes

Co-creators, Thomas and Bays responded a few days later with a Twitter apology, explaining that they had meant the episode as a tribute to old kung-fu movies they adore.

Thomas re-tweeted Bays apology on his own Twitter page, adding, “We love all HIMYM fans and apologize that we caused offense.”

Co-creator Craig Thomas tweeted:

None of the stars of the show have directly commented on the controversy, though star Alyson Hannigan did re-tweet Bays apology.

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