The Iron Fist premiere is only more than a week away. However, its main star is making the headlines as early as now for a sensitive issue.
It appears actor Finn Jones, who portrays the show’s title character, deleted his Twitter account after a heated exchange in the platform with a critic. Refinery29 reports that a debate between Jones and Geeks of Color’s Asyiqin Haron happened after the actor retweeted a speech by Riz Ahmed.
Ahmed’s speech, addressed to the British Parliament, focuses on the importance of representation for minorities in the media. Consequently, Jones captioned his retweet with “representation is important, and here’s why.”
Following the Twitter post, user Say Word to the Nerd replied with, “…why everyone wanted an Asian American Iron Fist.” This may confuse the uninitiated. In the comics, Danny Rand is indeed a Caucasian male.
However, when Marvel revealed Iron Fist as a project in development, many people pushed for the casting of an Asian American lead. One of the notable reasons on this movement came from an article by Keith Chow titled Marvel, Please Cast an Asian American Iron Fist.
Published in the Nerds of Color website, Chow’s article cited reasons why it would be better to cast an Asian American in the lead rather than stick to the comic origins. He argues that the story wouldn’t change much even if Danny Rand becomes Asian American for television.
For Chow, even if Danny becomes Asian American, he can still be the things dictated in his comic book origins. However, the author also explores the rich development that could happen if Marvel alters Dany Rand’s race for TV. Chow detailed in his article:
“…in making Danny non-white…it removes the white savior syndrome of the original story. In the comics, it turns out Danny is the most gifted student Lei Kung had ever trained. Because of course he is. For all the fans who might decry an Iron Fist racebend, do you really want yet another white-guy-is-better-at-being-Asian-than-the-Asians story? But if Danny is Asian American, the scenes of him embracing the ways of K’un-L’un can be viewed through the lens of cultural re-connection.”
However, despite the massive push, Marvel still went with Jones as its lead star. Although many approved of Jones taking the role, many still expressed disappointment.
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Meanwhile, Jones defended his exit on Twitter. Speaking to Deadline, the actor said:
“I’m currently in the middle of filming and I need to stay focused on bringing to life this character without judgment, so I decided to remove myself from Twitter for the time being.”
As of this writing though, it appears the actor’s Twitter account is already back online. The tweet that sparked the debate is still available on his feed.
Do you think Finn Jones is worthy of the role? Or do you think the show should have cast an Asian American lead? The Iron Fist premiere happens on March 17.
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