Well this is a new one. I think this may be the first time in history that an actor has blamed a sitting president for negatively critical reactions to a series that has not even been aired but to only a select few outlets that received the first six episodes early. I mean, with the clusterf*** going on in the white house right now, I could see how Trump may have time to screen these episodes of Iron Fist, while drinking a margarita, and then heading to Twitter and getting upset that Danny Rand isn’t even in costume, but it appears that was not the case.
Most of the reviews have referenced that Rand was “whitewashed,” which forgive me if I am wrong, but Danny Rand is white in the comics and was trained by Lei Kung at K’un L’un. This gives him an Asian-cultured background, but he is definitely white. The racial tension is high in our country right now, which is sad, but as it turns out that this was not the complete reference Jones was making at all. During an interview with Radio Times, Jones offers an explanation.
“I think the world has changed a lot since we were filming that television show. Iâ€™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 Trumpâ€™s election, and I think itâ€™s very interesting to see how that perception, now that Trumpâ€™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 donâ€™t really understand where heâ€™s coming from. But I think thereâ€™s also a level of intrigue. People need to see the full seriesâ€“â€™Iron Fistâ€™ doesnâ€™t end until the last episode of â€˜Defenders.â€™ He really goes on a journey of self-discovery, and grows into the role. Itâ€™s paced out; itâ€™s a long journey.”
So the complaint is that because a white billionaire is in control of the country, and that the white billionaire is “public enemy number one” is the problem. Well it is an interesting theory, except for the fact that there is one other show that does not seem to be affected by a very similar plot: Arrow.
No, I think that Iron Fist may simply just be terrible, but I won’t know for sure until I finish watching the show at around 10am Saturday morning.
What’s the verdict guys? Has Trump now poisoned our television viewing enjoyment as well? Let’s hear it from you below!