While this may seem like a crazy accusation and it sounds like Finn Jones needs to speak to his publicist, he is now blaming the poor critical reception of Iron Fist on none other than Donald Trump. But before we can all call him crazy, lets hear him out.
“I think the world has changed a lot since we were filming that television show. I’m playing a white American billionaire superhero, at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy number one, especially in the US. 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 number one. Danny is a fish out of water, and you don’t really understand where he’s coming from. But I think there’s also a level of intrigue. People need to see the full series–’Iron Fist’ doesn’t end until the last episode of ‘Defenders.’ He really goes on a journey of self-discovery, and grows into the role. It’s paced out; it’s a long journey.”
Okay so maybe headlines are taking this one a bit out of proportion, because while he certainly is blaming Trump in part, there’s a bit more to the argument. For those out of the loop, Iron Fist has been getting largely blasted by critics, now sitting at around 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. While Rotten Tomatoes certainly isn’t the be all end all, and critics are really giving it just sub-par scores instead of completely trashing it, it’s a far cry from Marvel and Netflix’s other successes.
Iron Fist has mainly come under fire for whitewashing however, a term that doesn’t really apply due to the original character also being white. But the criticism has some validity. Many people wished Marvel would update the character to be an Asian, a route they did not take. And at the very least critics were then looking for some addressing of the issue in the show, which from reports has not happened. So while many bash the show for its lack of representation, Jones’ argument tackles another side of criticism. Alongside the focus on a white character, this character also happens to be a billionaire with very “first world issues” which critics aren’t taking a liking to. Perhaps Jones is right, maybe the current state of the world is making critics harsher on the type of character Iron Fist is, but regardless we’ll see for sure this Friday.
Iron Fist punches its way into Netflix this Friday, March 17th.
Source: Radio Times