Sitcom charged with racism

After Monday’s episode on “How I Met Your Mother” generated a firestorm of anger — from Asian-Americans and others — the producers of the hit CBS sitcom apologized for the show which many took as racist.

In the episode, Jason Segal’s character is taught kung fu moves by castmates Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan. The Twitter-verse blew up earlier this week with many Asian-Americans outraged by what they felt was reinforcing outdated, stereotypical images of Asians, played by Caucasian actors.

Show co-creator Carter Bays apologized via Twitter in multiple tweets: “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. 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.”

†Meanwhile the husband of another CBS sitcom star — Kaley Cuoco’s new hubby Ryan Sweeting — clearly isn’t worried he’s repeated a tattooing move other stars have come to regret. (Think Johnny Depp having to shorten “Winona Forever” to “Wino Forever” — after splitting with Winona Ryder.)

Sweeting has inked a huge “Kaley” — plus their New Year’s Eve wedding date in big Roman numerals — on his forearm.

Let’s hope the marriage DOES last as long as the tattoo — i.e. forever.

The Latest
In an exclusive interview with ABC 7, the woman said she still doesn’t know how a bullet wound up in her right calf as she sat with family and friends in Section 161 during the fourth inning of the White Sox’ game against the Oakland A’s on Aug. 25.
The Illinois attorney general’s office filed an amended complaint to a 2018 lawsuit accusing the hotel owners of continuing to skirt rules about water discharge into the Chicago River.
There will be an open talent show starting at 5 p.m., a showing of ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ at 7 and a full moon viewing at 9.
Since marijuana was legalized in the state in 2020, pot shops have brought in more than $669 million in sales and added more than 30,000 jobs. But the state also legalized pot in a way that addresses past harms of the war on drugs and harsh drug sentencing, the governor said.
The change would keep in place a temporary state policy that went into effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.