Iron Fist co-creator Roy Thomas weighed in last week on whitewashing criticisms aimed at the new Marvel/Netflix drama, and in the process used the outdated and offensive term “Oriental” in referring to people of Asian descent. In response, “Iron Fist” co-star Jessica Henwick took to Twitter to address the remark.
Oriental is a term used to describe rugs, not people.
— Jessica Henwick 🐒 (@JHenwick) March 21, 2017
Although Henwick’s statement seems vague without proper context, it isn’t too difficult to put the pieces together. After all, her tweet came on the same day as many websites began to pick up on Thomas’ comments, made during an interview published last week by Inverse.
“Yeah, someone made me vaguely aware of that,” Thomas, a 76-year-old comics industry veteran, said, referring to the whitewashing criticism. “I try not to think about it too much. I have so little patience for some of the feelings that some people have. I mean, I understand where it’s coming from. You know, cultural appropriation, my god. It’s just an adventure story. Don’t these people have something better to do than to worry about the fact that Iron Fist isn’t Oriental, or whatever word? I know Oriental isn’t the right word now, either.”
In “Iron Fist,” Danny Rand returns to New York City after being missing for 15 years, attempting to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting his world around him with his incredible kung-fu mastery, and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
Now streaming on Netflix, “Iron Fist” is a production of Marvel Television. The drama stars Finn Jones as Daniel Rand, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple.
(via Digital Spy)