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Thursday, January 16, 2014

"How I Met Your Mother" Creators Taking Criticism For "Kung Fu/Slapsgiving" Episode

The producers and writers of the CBS series How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) are taking criticism from some members of the Asian-American community after the airing of the most recent episode, "Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment In Slamarra," on January 13, 2014.  In it, several members of the regular cast appear in "yellowface" and "pay homage" to Kung Fu movies, playing up Asian stereotypes. Among disapproving viewer reactions is this one: "Yellowface? Orientalism? Fu Manchu? What?"...Not okay@cbs." Responded Carter Bays, one of the show's creators, "We're deeply sorry" that some viewers did not find the show funny because the cast and crew intended it to be "a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies." More of the apologies here at MSNBC.

More here from The Hollywood Reporter, here from CNN.

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