The How I Met Your Mother Facebook page paid homage to Martin Luther King Jr. in a completely inappropriate way on Monday by satirizing his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The parody, written from the perspective of the fictional womanizer Barney Stinson, and is riddled with misogynistic jokes, turning Dr. King's renowned speech into a tasteless, unfunny farce.
"Today is Martin Luther King Day; he was a pretty awesome bro. He taught us to have dreams and stuff. So I thought I’d share with you mine:
I have a dream.
I have a dream that one day all bros will rise up and live out the true meaning of their creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident - that all are boobs are created pretty good."
I have a dream that one day black and white chicks will come together in my bed.
I have a dream that all peoples of this great nation will suit up together and that polyester will be abolished forever.
I have a dream that one day, all tee-shirts will be wet and boob jobs will be free.
I have a dream that there will be a television network that shows only “Predator” 24 hours a day.
I have a dream that feels like I’m falling and then I wake up before I hit the ground. It happens a lot. Should I see a doctor or something?
I have a dream that babies don’t cry on planes, that men don’t wear Uggs, that “second base” replaces the handshake, that girls leave when you’re done, that there are no waits for cabs, that I can look at a woman’s chest area without getting a dirty look. Yeah, you wore that blouse because you don’t want me to look there.
I have a dream."
-- Barney Stinston
Dear God, read the room. Mixing the message of the esteemed civil rights leader with the casual sexism of a completely fictional character is a recipe for disaster, and while there were those who argued that the parody was funny, most of the commenters skewered the tactless post.
Although How I Met Your Mother and lovable sleaze Barney Stinson have huge fan followings, this is probably not the best way to revive the show that has been off the air for nearly three years. Plus, parodying the powerful words of a civil rights leader on a day meant to honor him (during this very turbulent time in America) is definitely unwarranted and unnecessary.
Neil Patrick Harris, who played Stintson on How I Met Your Mother, gave a much more fitting tribute to Martin Luther King on his personal Twitter page.