The beloved sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” sparked outrage this week with an episode that featured three white stars (Colbie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, and Josh Radnor) dressed as masters of the “Slap of a Million Exploding Suns,” the episode’s central comic conceit. Oh, and the actors donned what many are calling "yellowface," dressing up as stereotypical Asian individuals for laughs. 

 

With the recent outrage over American pop culture’s appropriation of other cultures, along with the fact that the CBS show notably lacks people of color (on and off screen), the choice to cast white actors (or characters, as the case may be) in Asian roles for the sake of comedy seems misguided. The public took to Twitter, using the hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism to protest the series’s execution of stereotypes. Take a look, and let us know what you think about the episode in your comments!

 

 

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Tagged in: Twitter, race, josh radner, how i met your mother, cultural appropriation, colbie smulders, cbs, asian american, alyson hannigan   

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