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"How I Met Your Mother" Puts A Character In Yellowface

The reaction on Twitter: #HowIMetYourRacism. Update: "How I Met Your Mother" co-creator Carter Bays has responded to this criticism on Twitter.

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Monday's episode of "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS continued an ongoing joke about a slap bet between Marshall and Barney. In order to win the bet, and give the best slap to Barney, Marshall explains he learned the "Slap of a Million Exploding Suns" by seeking wisdom from three great masters.

It turned out these supposed wise ones were played by Marshall's friends — Colbie Smulders, Josh Radnor and Alyson Hannigan — in yellowface. People went to Twitter with #HowIMetYourRacism to takedown the episode.

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I used to watch @HowIMetMother but I now refuse to and hope they apologize for yellowface. #HowIMetYourRacism

Suey Park@suey_park

I used to watch @HowIMetMother but I now refuse to and hope they apologize for yellowface. #HowIMetYourRacism

05:46 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#HowIMetYourRacism Hey, Katy Perry called and wants her costume back. Oh wait, she stole hers too.

Suey Park@suey_park

#HowIMetYourRacism Hey, Katy Perry called and wants her costume back. Oh wait, she stole hers too.

06:00 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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So I watched @HIMYM_CBS and was disappointed. Then I came on Twitter and saw #HowIMetYourRacism. Good job, Twitter.

Nicole Says Things@NFRAggie

So I watched @HIMYM_CBS and was disappointed. Then I came on Twitter and saw #HowIMetYourRacism. Good job, Twitter.

06:45 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Really, #HIMYM?? You couldn't even bring yourself to hire Asian actors for this? http://t.co/oUdTXneCe6 #HowIMetYourRacism @CBS

šīrīn ✺ š▟īʿ@shereenTshafi

Really, #HIMYM?? You couldn't even bring yourself to hire Asian actors for this? http://t.co/oUdTXneCe6 #HowIMetYourRacism @CBS

06:11 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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@CBS #Yellowface doesn't get you better ratings, it just makes people want to boycott your network #HowIMetYourRacism

JH Seouljaboy Park@SeouljaboyPark

@CBS #Yellowface doesn't get you better ratings, it just makes people want to boycott your network #HowIMetYourRacism

06:58 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I'm not surprised about #howimetyourracism and #yellowface on @CBS. The network's name warned us that we'll see BS.

Michael@LookMaICanWrite

I'm not surprised about #howimetyourracism and #yellowface on @CBS. The network's name warned us that we'll see BS.

06:58 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I remember the very first episode of HIMYM where Middle Eastern women (lebanese to be exact)were deemed as sexual objects #HowIMetYourRacism

Despereaux@AidaaOz

I remember the very first episode of HIMYM where Middle Eastern women (lebanese to be exact)were deemed as sexual objects #HowIMetYourRacism

06:37 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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@humancity @suey_park #HowIMetYourRacism - when a show's cast has no People of Color - racism will surely make cameo appearances

Khaled Bey@legyptian

@humancity @suey_park #HowIMetYourRacism - when a show's cast has no People of Color - racism will surely make cameo appearances

06:49 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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people are already claiming asian american's are overreacting. demanding to be treated w/ decency is never overreacting. #HowIMetYourRacism

e. jae@heyejae

people are already claiming asian american's are overreacting. demanding to be treated w/ decency is never overreacting. #HowIMetYourRacism

06:44 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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How I Insulted & Alienated Asian Americans? How I Was A Complete Jerk? How I Cheaply Exploited Others? #HowIMetYourRacism @HIMYM_CBS @CBS

middle finger emoji@humancity

How I Insulted & Alienated Asian Americans? How I Was A Complete Jerk? How I Cheaply Exploited Others? #HowIMetYourRacism @HIMYM_CBS @CBS

06:26 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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IF I SAW A WHITE GIRL LIKE THIS IRL I'D SPIT ON HER @CBS #HowIMetYourMother

claudia c@literalporn

IF I SAW A WHITE GIRL LIKE THIS IRL I'D SPIT ON HER @CBS #HowIMetYourMother

05:56 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

12.

I thought the transphobia in #HowIMetYourMother was bad enough. An entire episode of yellowface? Really? #HowIMetYourRacism

JanuaryCait@JanuaryCait

I thought the transphobia in #HowIMetYourMother was bad enough. An entire episode of yellowface? Really? #HowIMetYourRacism

06:37 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Disturbing takeaway is that it’s somehow acceptable—safe, even—to do racist Asian jokes. It’s not edgy cable, it’s CBS. #HowIMetYourRacism

Michael Suen@poetichentai

Disturbing takeaway is that it’s somehow acceptable—safe, even—to do racist Asian jokes. It’s not edgy cable, it’s CBS. #HowIMetYourRacism

06:23 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#HowIMetYourRacism our race and cultures are not convenient costumes, punch lines and terrible story writing for @CBS's #HIMYM

Felix Hythlodaeus@felixhythlo

#HowIMetYourRacism our race and cultures are not convenient costumes, punch lines and terrible story writing for @CBS's #HIMYM

06:40 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Yeah, seriously, that episode of #HIMYM was so bad I turned it off. I couldn't stomach it. #HowIMetYourRacism

Ms. Roopa Cheema@CheemasClasses

Yeah, seriously, that episode of #HIMYM was so bad I turned it off. I couldn't stomach it. #HowIMetYourRacism

06:47 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Besides the gross orientalizing of the women, Ted wore a fucking Fu Manchu stach! Who thought this was ok? @HIMYM_CBS #HowIMetYourRacism

Juliet Shen@Juliet_Shen

Besides the gross orientalizing of the women, Ted wore a fucking Fu Manchu stach! Who thought this was ok? @HIMYM_CBS #HowIMetYourRacism

06:37 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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If you're going to make fun of Asian people and kungfu, at least use Asian actors on your show instead of whitewashing it #HowIMetYourRacism

☮ K A R E N ☮@kaarenmeelon

If you're going to make fun of Asian people and kungfu, at least use Asian actors on your show instead of whitewashing it #HowIMetYourRacism

06:29 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"I cant think of any jokes to write tho thats my job. I found an ethnic costume in the cupboard." HIMYM writers meeting? #HowIMetYourRacism

Yasmin@ychilmeran

"I cant think of any jokes to write tho thats my job. I found an ethnic costume in the cupboard." HIMYM writers meeting? #HowIMetYourRacism

06:38 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#HowIMetYourRacism-->"@brokeymcpoverty: uh oh.@literalporn WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR WHOLE WRITING STAFF IS WHITE @CBS "

1Kellee@1Kellee

#HowIMetYourRacism-->"@brokeymcpoverty: uh oh.@literalporn WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR WHOLE WRITING STAFF IS WHITE @CBS "

06:40 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I thought the transphobia in #HowIMetYourMother was bad enough. An entire episode of yellowface? Really? #HowIMetYourRacism

JanuaryCait@JanuaryCait

I thought the transphobia in #HowIMetYourMother was bad enough. An entire episode of yellowface? Really? #HowIMetYourRacism

06:37 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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...outdated, overdone, not to mention UNFUNNY racial, ethnic, gender, sexual stereotypes. #HowIMetYourRacism #HowIMetYourMother

Cutie & the Bae-fish@brownivy

...outdated, overdone, not to mention UNFUNNY racial, ethnic, gender, sexual stereotypes. #HowIMetYourRacism #HowIMetYourMother

06:26 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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HIMYM better get it to together. Who the hell thinks it's ok to do racial caricatures for laughs in 2014?! #cbs #HowIMetYourMother

ephphathinker@ephphathinker

HIMYM better get it to together. Who the hell thinks it's ok to do racial caricatures for laughs in 2014?! #cbs #HowIMetYourMother

06:07 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

23.

Didn't we agree that Mickey Rooney's yellowface is an embarrassment that ruins Breakfast at Tiffany's? #HowIMetYourRacism

Sister Farrah Moans@SisterFarrah

Didn't we agree that Mickey Rooney's yellowface is an embarrassment that ruins Breakfast at Tiffany's? #HowIMetYourRacism

06:46 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Maybe @HIMYM_CBS was trying to appeal to Asian-Ams by "appreCiATINg our CULtuRE!" Congrats. You miserably failed. #HowIMetYourRacism

yoonhee kim@yoonheehees

Maybe @HIMYM_CBS was trying to appeal to Asian-Ams by "appreCiATINg our CULtuRE!" Congrats. You miserably failed. #HowIMetYourRacism

06:47 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#HIMYM has always strained too hard for cheap boring laffs, but these Asian stereotypes (see #HowIMetYourRacism) are just...yeesh.

Steph Guthrie@amirightfolks

#HIMYM has always strained too hard for cheap boring laffs, but these Asian stereotypes (see #HowIMetYourRacism) are just...yeesh.

06:53 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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This is what happens when there are no PoC in the writer's room. No cultural accountability. #HowIMetYourRacism

Cutie & the Bae-fish@brownivy

This is what happens when there are no PoC in the writer's room. No cultural accountability. #HowIMetYourRacism

06:19 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

27.

Watch @CBS pull an #SNL and hire one asian writer...for the remainder of a dying season. #HowIMetYourRacism

Lisa FactoraBorchers@LFB27

Watch @CBS pull an #SNL and hire one asian writer...for the remainder of a dying season. #HowIMetYourRacism

06:48 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

28.

Let's put this in stone shall we? White people cannot be "Asian" to "honor" the culture ever again starting in 2k14. #HowIMetYourRacism

Mae Lee@ArtistMaeLee

Let's put this in stone shall we? White people cannot be "Asian" to "honor" the culture ever again starting in 2k14. #HowIMetYourRacism

06:45 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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IF ASIANS DID WHITEFACE THE WAY WHITE PPL DO YELLOWFACE, WE'D HAVE PPL IN POWDERED WIGS AND PANTALOONS WITH CALAMINE LOTION ON THEIR FACES

claudia c@literalporn

IF ASIANS DID WHITEFACE THE WAY WHITE PPL DO YELLOWFACE, WE'D HAVE PPL IN POWDERED WIGS AND PANTALOONS WITH CALAMINE LOTION ON THEIR FACES

07:04 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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So disappointed in @HIMYM_CBS/@CBS. Way to mock a culture for cheap laughs. #HowIMetYourRacism #LazyAssWriting

Kim@kimnavoa

So disappointed in @HIMYM_CBS/@CBS. Way to mock a culture for cheap laughs. #HowIMetYourRacism #LazyAssWriting

06:35 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

31.

Yellowface and stereotypes about Asians happen a lot in media. But now the internet is blowing up and mobilizing against #HowIMetYourRacism

Vi Bui@haiitsvi

Yellowface and stereotypes about Asians happen a lot in media. But now the internet is blowing up and mobilizing against #HowIMetYourRacism

06:24 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

32.

"We're are a culture, not a costume" @cbs #HowIMetYourRacism

Africa is Home@panafrikanist

"We're are a culture, not a costume" @cbs #HowIMetYourRacism

06:25 PM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Update — Jan. 15, 6:45 p.m. ET: "How I Met Your Mother" co-creator Carter Bays has responded to this criticism on Twitter:

Hey guys, sorry this took so long. @himymcraig and I want to say a few words about #HowIMetYourRacism.

Carter Bays@CarterBays

Hey guys, sorry this took so long. @himymcraig and I want to say a few words about #HowIMetYourRacism.

11:35 AM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

Carter Bays@CarterBays

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.

11:36 AM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

Carter Bays@CarterBays

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.

11:36 AM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

Carter Bays@CarterBays

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.

11:37 AM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

To everyone we offended, I hope we can regain your friendship, and end this series on a note of goodwill. Thanks. @CarterBays @HimymCraig

Carter Bays@CarterBays

To everyone we offended, I hope we can regain your friendship, and end this series on a note of goodwill. Thanks. @CarterBays @HimymCraig

11:39 AM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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