Posts tagged as controversy

'How I Met Your Mother' Creators Apologize for Racist Episode

The latest episode of CBS's How I Met Your Mother, which aired Monday night, has caused a bit of controversy. The episode involved Jason Segel's character traveling to China in a parody of kung fu films that saw cast members Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor (pictured), and Alyson Hannigan putting on costumes, accents, and makeup to play Asian characters. The episode received a ton of criticism online, including a ton of people who used the Twitter hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism.

Co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, who also wrote Monday's episode, apologized via Twitter yesterday, saying:

With Monday's episode, we set out to make a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu [...]

ABC Apologizes for a Kid's Remark in a 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Segment

ABC has apologized for an unscripted remark made by a child during a Jimmy Kimmel Live segment that aired earlier this month. The offending comment was made during the October 16th show in a segment called "Kids' Table," which involved Kimmel having a political conversation with a bunch of six and seven-year-olds. Kimmel asked the question, "America owes a lot of money to China, $1.3 trillion. How should we pay them back?" to which one child replied, "Kill everyone in China." Kimmel laughed and responded, "Kill everyone in China? Okay, that’s an interesting idea," but the kid's comment has drawn a lot of controversy.

An Asian-American political organization called [...]

Unearthing Steve Allen and Lenny Bruce's Unaired Discussion on Free Speech

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it's a library, so keep it down.)

Not too long ago, a fella by the name of Daniel Tosh stirred up a debate on the Internet about what is okay [...]

Daniel Tosh's 'Brickleberry': "Most of the pilot is about rape."

Jesus Christ. Daniel Tosh has a new animated series coming to Comedy Central this fall called Brickleberry, and the plan was to screen the pilot tonight at Comic-Con. The problem? Well, Tosh has been the subject of some recent controversy surrounding rape jokes he made, and there are apparently a whole slew of them in the Brickleberry pilot. So they're scrambling to pull all of them out before the screening, but according to one inside source, "everyone is freaking out, because most of the pilot is about rape." Feel free to take a moment to re-read that kind of mind-blowing quote. And just to be clear, we're talking about [...]

Lena Dunham Addresses Girls Racial Criticism Like A Good Liberal Arts Grad

When the Girls backlash was at its peak (all the way back in April), it was hard for Lena Dunham, the show's creator/writer/director/star, to address the show's controversies with the level of sincerity and thoroughness the issue demanded. Instead, we got this eventually deleted tweet from Girls writer Lesley Arfin:

“What really bothered me most about Precious was that there was no representation of ME”

Which was glib and made the problem worse. Now that things have cooled down, and her show has gotten picked up for another season, Lena, herself, was able to address the issue directly, in a conversation with NPR's Fresh Air:

China Is Demanding More From Jimmy Kimmel Over Child's Joke

Jimmy Kimmel Live continues to be criticized over a recent joke made by a child on the show. In a segment from Oct. 16, Kimmel asked several of six- and seven-year-olds what the US should do about its $1.3 trillion debt to China, to which one child replied, "Kill everyone in China." After a backlash, ABC apologized for the segment, but that didn't stop a petition making it all the way to the White House. Now, China's foreign minister is asking for more, saying in a press conference yesterday, “ABC should face up to its mistake and respond with a sincere attitude to the reasonable demands by Chinese people in America, [...]

Fox Ignores Pleas to Make 'Dads' Less Racist

Last week, an Asian-American watchdog group called for Fox to reshoot offensive scenes in the pilot of its new Seth MacFarlane-produced sitcom, Dads. Today, Fox execs wrote a public letter back that didn't mention reshooting the scenes, meaning that the pilot will most likely go unedited before its September 17th premiere. Here's a bit from Fox's letter:

"You will see that Brenda Song’s character is a strong, intelligent, empowered young woman who basically runs the company, and who almost always gets the upper hand on the guys …

"This is a show that will be evocative and will poke fun at stereotypes and bigotries — sometimes through over-the-top, [...]

Louis C.K. Brings the Sexy, Reads Blogs, Sticks it to the Mets (and Talks about Tosh-Gate)

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Louis C.K. reads blogs! Splitsider is a blog, maybe he reads it – maybe he's one of the pseudonymed commenters. I do like that he ended with a very, almost 90s joke in the style of men are from Mars, women are from Venus. The moral here is reading blogs is great, the Mets stink, and let's kill some Jews.

Yes, Daniel Tosh Made Terrible Jokes

We haven't covered this Daniel Tosh rape joke thing because, frankly, neither Jesse nor I felt much like diving into it. It feels like the same old shit, and there's not a ton worth saying about it, so we decided to just ignore it and not give him or his dumb, gross jokes any more attention than they've already received. There's too much good comedy worth celebrating to dwell in that familiar outrage. But if you want a rundown of the whole situation, here's a pretty good one.

Is This Ashton Kutcher Video Racist or Just Unfunny?

Ashton Kutcher is doing a new campaign for PopChips in which he portrays different characters in a bunch of "dating videos." One of them is "Raj," an indian man that you can see above. It's being called racist by a bunch of different people, most notably by tech pundit Anil Dash. Is it racist? He's wearing "brownface," which isn't the same as blackface, which is offensive and racist because of its history, not just because people are wearing makeup. And I don't like flinging accusations of racism or offensiveness at comedians unless it's really, truly warranted; comedians deserve the benefit of the doubt for the most part. [...]

The White House Will Be Forced to "Investigate" a Joke From 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Last week, ABC issued an apology for a child's remark about China from the October 16 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Nevertheless, a petition calling for the White House to "investigate" the show continued to grow, and it has now acquired the 100,000 signatures required for the Obama administration to comment on the incident.

In the original segment, "Kids' Table", Kimmel asked a bunch of six- and seven-year-olds what the US should do about its $1.3 trillion debt to China. One child replied, "Kill everyone in China," which Kimmel laughed at, ultimately ending the segment with, "Well, this has been an interesting edition of Kids Table – the [...]

Asian-American Group Wants Seth MacFarlane's New Show 'Dads' to Reshoot Racist Scenes

Seth MacFarlane's new sitcom, Dads, hasn't hit the airwaves yet, but it's already experiencing trouble. Guy Aoki, founding president of watchdog group MANAA,  the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, wrote a public letter to Fox yesterday asking for scenes he deemed racist in the pilot for the live action Seth Green/Giovanni Ribisi sitcom to be reshot.

"Our community can't continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes," writes Aoki. He also mentions the poor early reviews the pilot has received from critics, adding, "We are asking you to reshoot the inappropriate scenes of the pilot. Considering the consistent feedback from our community and television critics in general – and [...]

What Tosh-Gate Says about the State of Comedy Appreciation and Criticism (Some of It Is Good!)

When the Daniel Tosh firestorm started my initial reaction was to shrug and say "who cares?" It was a comedian making an off-hand offensive joke not on television, not on a CD, but to a live audience. The jokes weren't great and they weren't in any way PC, but I felt like they were a non-issue; I had seen many comedians say worse things to hecklers. (I thought it was much worse when he encouraged his fans to “Lightly Touch Women's Stomachs While They're Sitting Down.”)

But then it became a discussion that was being had everywhere by comedians and non-comedians alike, and I started looking at the [...]

Is IFC's 'Bullet in the Face' the Most Violent TV Comedy Ever?

With all the talk of Comedy Bang Bang and Bunk, it seems like IFC's other new comedy series has been somewhat ignored. I mean, I hadn't even really heard about it until now, while the ads for those other two shows are hard to miss. But there might be a reason for that: Bullet in the Face is apparently really, really violent. And IFC has decided to run the entire thing across two nights instead of weekly as a series. Here's Deadline's summary: It stars Canadian actor Max Williams as Gunter Vogler, a brutally psychopathic, deliriously misogynistic German assassin-turned-cop. The character is utterly without conscience or filter, shooting [...]