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