Iron Fist co-creator Roy Thomas 'tries not think' about the critics of the Netflix/Marvel series, because he has 'so little patience' for them.
Marvel's latest Netflix collaboration 'Iron Fist' has caused quite the stir. Though critics were quick to slam the new series as the first dud to come from the streaming service and comic book company's team-up, viewers across the globe have voted in their numbers, going against what the professionals had to say and landing the show an 84% audience score on reviews aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes.
Finn Jones is Danny Rand in 'Marvel's Iron Fist'
Whether it's a lack of action, character development or something else entirely, most criticism can be shrugged off, but a section of the public who didn't enjoy their time with 'Iron Fist' are now accusing those behind the character of 'whitewashing'; a term used to describe when a major release TV series, film or other property uses a white actor in the place of one of a minority that would have been better suited to take the role.
'Iron Fist' comic co-creator Roy Thomas has now slammed those who bring up the topic of 'whitewashing' in an interview with Inverse, suggesting that those who complain should go ahead and create their own character if they're not happy.
He told the website: "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."
Thomas later added: "I just think some people have too much time on their hands, I guess. They have an infinite capacity for righteous indignation. By and large, then tends to be misplaced quite often because if you're becoming all upset over things that are just stories, and if you don't like it, instead of trying to change somebody else's story, go out and make you own character and do a good job of it."
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He concluded that 'Iron Fist' had "never been... really racist or degrading to a sex or race, an ethnic group or something like that."
The comments were swiftly going viral after being published, with actress Jessica Henwick, who plays Colleen Wing in the Netflix series taking to her Twitter account to comment on the use of the word 'Oriental'.
Oriental is a term used to describe rugs, not people.— Jessica Henwick (@JHenwick) March 21, 2017
Scott Buck ('Dexter', 'Six Feet Under') created the Netflix series, which stars Finn Jones ('Game of Thrones') in the titular role as Danny Rand alongside Jessica Stroup ('90210') and Rosario Dawson ('Daredevil').
'Iron Fist' is available now on Netflix, alongside fellow Marvel series 'Daredevil', 'Jessica Jones' and 'Luke Cage'. 'The Defenders' is expected to hit the platform later this year.
Check out the trailer for 'Iron Fist' below: