Why is it okay for hollywood to make fun of Asian culture?

In this week’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother” (HIMYM), CBS apparently gave the go-ahead to an episode dedicated to yellowface racism. The episode centers around the ongoing slap bet trope that has stuck with the show for years. In concluding the trope, the episode pokes fun at styles popularized by Quentin Tarantino in the Kill Bill films, having the show’s characters appear in “Asian” dress while Marshall learned the “Slap of a Thousand-Million Exploding Suns”.

Racism has been plaguing film and television as long as Hollywood has been making movies. Over time, outrage and backlash to racist tropes has produced a growing series of apologies from the industry. In the recent controversy surrounding HIMYM, offended viewers took to Twitter to voice their frustrations with the show’s Asian depictions using #HowIMetYourRacism.





It’s Hollywood’s job to make money. Exploiting demographic preferences for revenue is nothing new. Unfortunately, the continued return of Asian American culture as a trope exposes that the companies behind the shows have no interest in trying to correct those stereotypes or oppose them. Instead, they’ll keep cashing in.

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Joshua is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire. You can follow him on Twitter @Joshual33.