Creators issue apology for “How I Met Your Mother” racism

I don't know how Josh Radnor is, but now he's immortalized on Google in yellowface. Yay.
I don’t know who Josh Radnor is, but now he’s immortalized on Google in yellowface. Yay.

I don’t watch How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM), but am a long-time fan of both Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan (I’m a Whedonite), and support both of their careers. So I was bummed to learn that on Monday, the show ventured into the realm of stupid racism.

Contextually, the episode featured a “fantasy vignette” where one character played by Jason Segal imagines learning the legendary art of “slapping” in a scene where he trains with “kung fu masters” played by three of the show’s other cast members, including Hannigan.

What results is exactly what you would expect would happen when a show written by a predominantly White writing staff “pay homage” to kung fu movies when they have at their disposal a bunch of White actors.

It’s like someone raided the “geisha” and “coolie” sections at the Day-After-Halloween sale at Spencers.

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