January 16th, 2014
01:14 PM ET

Asians up in arms over 'How I Met Your Mother' episode

(CNN) - CBS' newest "How I Met Your Mother" episode was supposed to serve as the latest and greatest installment in the series' ongoing gag about soundly, if humorously, slapping around a good friend.

Only thing is, some in the Asian community saw it as a slap in the face.

The sitcom's Monday show generated buzz on social media, but not for the reasons its creators intended. Instead, some reacted angrily to the decision to recast lead character actors - all of them white - in yellowface and to dress them in stereotypical Asian attire.

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"Yellowface? Orientalism? Fu Manchu? What?" tweeted one person, referencing the term "oriental" that many Asians find offensive. "Not okay @cbs."

On Wednesday, the creators of "How I Met Your Mother," which is in its final season, acknowledged the controversy and that some people had been offended by the portrayals in the show. Carter Bays tweeted that the episode aimed to be a "silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies." But Bays added that some didn't see it as funny at all, and for that, "We're deeply sorry."


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  1. Tiffany

    I guess white people aren't good enough to dress like asians:( suey park is racist

    January 19, 2014 at 6:57 am | Reply
  2. janemarion

    Slightly off topic but........
    Great show Mr. Don Lemon.
    Keep up the good work, you have found your niche, now you can enjoy perfecting it.
    It looks good on you.

    January 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  3. uaflyer

    Its an endemic American problem, because for other countries they would not care.

    As a global leader, like it or not we LEAD.
    Perhaps news and entertainment efforts need to consider how Benghazi happened and the potential consequences of their creation.

    January 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Reply

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