In television, it's never good to end a successful sitcom series with people shouting "Racism!" at you on Twitter.
That's the situation faced by CBS's How I Met Your Mother
, which concludes its ninth and final season on March 31 and hoped for a happy swan song. But this week the producers ended up apologizing for offending some Asian Americans with a kung fu homage episode that did not go over well or unnoticed.
In Monday night's episode, the Jason Segel character is trying to learn kung fu moves and his "teachers" are his co-stars — Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan.
All of these people are white and were dressed up in stereotypical "Asian" attire, in what many suggested was a "yellowface" version of now-derided "blackface" that few showrunners these days would mistake for benign entertainment.