How I Met Your Mother Creators Apologise Over Kung Fu Controversy

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January 16, 2014 | 7:26am EST

The creators of hit TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother have apologised 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 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, 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 apologise that we caused offence.”
How I Met Your Mother will end its nine-season run on 31 March.