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01/15/2014 05:18 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

'How I Met Your Mother' Creators Apologize For Racism In 'Slapsgiving' Episode

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The most recent episode of "How I Met Your Mother" featured the third rendition of an ongoing joke,"Slapsgiving." But viewers and critics took offense with the show's portrayal of the "slap masters," who were played by Marshall's (Jason Segel) three friends, Colbie Smulders, Josh Radnor and Alyson Hannigan. The three actors' characters were supposed to be Asian experts that Marshall found in Shanghai.

In response, #HowIMetYourRacism gained traction on Twitter on Tuesday (Jan. 14). Buzzfeed put together a list of the most powerful tweets relating to the hashtag.

Co-creator Carter Bays took to Twitter to apologize on Wednesday (Jan. 15.). "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," Bays wrote. "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."

See all of Bays' tweets below.

Hey guys, sorry this took so long. @himymcraig and I want to say a few words about #HowIMetYourRacism.

— Carter Bays (@CarterBays) January 15, 2014

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.

— Carter Bays (@CarterBays) January 15, 2014

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.

— Carter Bays (@CarterBays) January 15, 2014

To everyone we offended, I hope we can regain your friendship, and end this series on a note of goodwill. Thanks. @CarterBays @HimymCraig

— Carter Bays (@CarterBays) January 15, 2014

Co-creator Craig Thomas also chimed in and tweeted in agreement.

I second everything @carterbays just tweeted -- we love all #HIMYM fans and apologize that we caused offense.

— Craig Thomas (@HimymCraig) January 15, 2014

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