In an interview with Radio Times, the star of Netflix’
s “Iron Fist” show blamed President Trump for the program’s poor reception. Actor Finn Jones blamed the white billionaire identity of the “Iron Fist” character he plays -- Danny Rand. It is because a white billionaire currently occupies the White House, said Jones, that critics are less than receptive to his narrative.
“I think the world has changed a lot since we were filming that television show,” Jones said. “I’m playing a white American billionaire superhero at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy No. 1, especially in the U.S.
Jones, an Englishman, added, “We filmed the show way before Trump’s election, and I think it’s very interesting to see how that perception, now that Trump’s in power, how it makes it very difficult to root for someone coming from white privilege, when that archetype is public enemy No. 1.”
Set within Marvel Comic’s Cinematic Universe, Netflix’s fourth superhero series has been panned even before its March 17 release. The first six episodes were made available to critics. Jones hopes that audiences may think better of the series and the Danny Rand character once they see the rest of the series.
The character Danny Rand was created by Marvel Comics in 1974. Rand is a young white man trained in Oriental martial arts and becomes the first so-called Iron Fist: a warrior with mystical powers to radiate chi energy into his flying fists. Some racialist critics have suggested that an Asian rather than a white man should have filled the role. However, other critics have panned the show’s plot line, tone, and writing in addition to the racial aspect.
"Iron Fist isn't just racially uncomfortable, it's a boring show," declared The Verge, while Uproxx said it is "limp" and a "complete misfire." Journalist Keith Chow wrote an article entitled “Marvel, Please Cast an Asian-American Iron Fist” in 2015 when the show became known. Since then, Chow wrote that "there has been some pushback from Asian-Americans," about casting Iron Fist with an Asian. "Because you're choosing the one martial-arts guy", using an Asian actor could be seen as reinforcing racial stereotypes, he told Vulture. Chow edits the The Nerds of Color blog and is co-editor of the Asian American Comics Anthologies Secret Identities, as well as an editor of the Asian American sports blog Dat Winning.