No Iron Fist is not cultural appropriation or racially insensitive

Okay if I read more article about how the new Netflix show “Iron Fist” is cultural appropriation or racially insensitive I will lose my shit. For those of you who have been living under a rock. The long and controversial road for the casting or Marvel’s Iron Fist has ended, and the internet outrage culture is having seizures as they curse the ultimate misogynistic shitlord’s Marvel for casting a white guy (Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones) instead of an Asian as the role of Danny Rand aka Iron Fist. Clearly, these people have never picked up an Iron Fist comic in their lives. Because if they did, they would know that in the entirety of its publication history Iron Fist was never a fucken Asian you bunch of autistic retards! White people can be martial artists too.

It’s not exclusively for Asians and it’s more racially insensitive and stereotypical to assume that all Asians are martial artists. Dany is described as a blond, blue-eyed orphan who is trained in the martial arts in the mystical city in the Himalayan mountains. Does not sound Asian to me now, does it? Not to mention the media coming out and writing several articles which basically amounts to hit pieces about the show. Sporting the same headlines and the same critique, the very same media that has thoroughly lambasted the show for cultural appropriation. Coincidence? Marvel has been really good with their casting choices in the MCU, and I stand 100% by them for choosing Fin Jones as Iron Fist. Them caving into the outrage culture on the internet would be a betrayal to what they have already built so far in the MCU.

[Editorial Note:] Cast a white person in an Asian role: “White Washing!” Cast a white person in a white comic book role: “White Washing!” Make up your god damn fucken minds people seriously…

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7 Responses to No Iron Fist is not cultural appropriation or racially insensitive

  1. Paco says:

    Don’t know if this qualifies as a hit piece (I actually like Iron Fist– um, the comic books, not the show), but I’ve brought some sorely missing historical perspective to the Iron Fist debate that the character’s co-creator, Roy Thomas, has avoided for four whole decades.

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  4. xmenxpert says:

    The character’s creation was an act of cultural appropriation. He’s part of a long-standing trend of Western media wanting to exploit Asian exoticism without using Asian people. It’s the same reason why David Carradine was the lead in Kung Fu around the same time that Iron Fist was created. And this is a trend that’s still going strong today, as displayed by the whitewashing with Ghost In the Shell, where the white Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi. Whitewashing is still going strong, because Hollywood is convinced that people won’t see films with non-white leads.

    Whitewashing is just a subcategory of cultural appropriation. With Iron Fist, he wasn’t whitewashed, but he is absolutely a product of cultural appropriation. To argue otherwise is just delusional. Thomas wanted to do a comic with a martial artist lead because he liked a Kung Fu flick, and they made the character white because, I suppose, they already had Shang-Chi and one Asian dude was plenty. But it was still Marvel trying to bank on Asian exoticism while omitting Asian people.

    The thing is, it’s not just martial arts. People try to paint it as just the martial arts, but it’s not. There’s a lot of elements of the character based on white people’s ideas of Asian culture. “Chi” is a Chinese concept. K’un-Lun’s name is meant to sound Chinese. Much of the philosophy Iron Fist tries to live by is meant to evoke Chinese philosophy. Everything about the character is designed to evoke China, except for the colour of his skin.

    Iron Fist, from the start, was a product of cultural appropriation. The show should have avoided that aspect by casting an Asian-American lead.

    As for the people who wanted an Asian-American lead not reading the comics: A lot of people who wanted it read Iron Fist comics. A lot of them consider themselves fans of Iron Fist. There were people who wanted an Asian-American Iron Fist who have ACTUALLY WRITTEN COMICS WITH IRON FIST. As I recall, iconic comic book writer Marjorie Liu noted that she loves the character, and also said the show should have cast an Asian-American lead. Legendary comic book writer Gail Simone thought they should have cast an Asian-American lead. But I suppose they don’t count.

    • larch says:

      Also appropriation is not SIMPLY TAKING FROM OTHER CULTURES, it’s doing this with CERTAIN POWER/CLASS DYNAMICS IN PLACE. Borrowing from a culture in itself isn’t harmful at all.

  5. jayknight27 says:

    Thanks a lot for using the phrase “autistic retards”…. That isn’t insulting at all! -rolls eyes- Those of us on the autistic spectrum don’t complain about “white washing” or other myths. We tend to be obsessed with facts not emotions.

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