The creators of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" have apologized after being accused of racism by writing what they call a "silly and unabashedly immature" homage to kung fu movies in the show.
During Monday's episode of the long-running series, Jason Segel's character, Marshall, travels to China to train with three masters in the art of slapping, according to WENN. The masters were played by co-stars Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan, who were dressed in Asian-themed costumes.
The scenes angered a number of viewers, who took to Twitter with the hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism.
Show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas apologized on Twitter.
In a series of posts, Bays wrote, "Hey guys, sorry this took so long. Craig and I want to say a few words about #HowIMetYourRacism ... 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 ... We try to make a show that's universal, that anyone can watch and enjoy. We fell short of that this week, and feel terrible about it ... To everyone we offended, I hope we can regain your friendship, and end this series on a note of goodwill. Thanks."
Thomas wrote, "I second everything Carter just tweeted -- we love all #HIMYM ('How I Met Your Mother') fans and apologize that we caused offense."
The show ends its nine-season run March 31.