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Finn Jones is clearly punching above his weight when it comes to public relations, making the bad situation of negative critical response to Iron Fist even worse with each passing breath. The British actor is the star of Netflix's next MCU addition, but in an attempt to defend the show, he has found himself under a lot of scrutiny.

As lead protagonist Danny Rand, it's understandable that Jones would want to counteract negative feedback. In response to a slurry of unfavourable reviews, the 28-year-old recently claimed that Iron Fist was made for fans, and not critics, which in itself is a poor, albeit unsurprising response.

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Now Jones Blames Donald Trump For 'Iron Fist' Reviews

However, in an interview with RadioTimes, Jones has revealed what he believes to be the root cause of the poor response to the show. Forget a badly written script, below-par acting or an unconvincing, unimpressive backstory, Jones believes there is one man responsible. That man is Donald Trump. Jones said:

"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."

Is 'Iron Fist' the victim of white privilege? [Credit: Patrick Harbron/Netflix]
Is 'Iron Fist' the victim of white privilege? [Credit: Patrick Harbron/Netflix]

At best, the comments are a disingenuous attempt to deflect the blame, and look outside of the show itself for reasons why Iron Fist is less big hit, more lead balloon. Although tensions are high following Trump's election, the suggestion that anti-white privilege is to blame for negative critical reviews is both crass and unfounded — particularly when you consider the MCU's most bankable and beloved star is Robert Downey Jr., for his portrayal of billionaire playboy Tony Stark.

It also shows a lack of tact from Jones, who, aside from a disconnected defence of the show, is publicly bemoaning the plight of rich, white billionaires in a manner that seems to suggest the response to Trump as "public enemy number one" is a broader dislike of a certain archetype, rather than a justified response to his toxic bigotry.

The Last Piece Of The Defenders Jigsaw

Rand will join the rest of the Defenders [Credit: Marvel Comics]
Rand will join the rest of the Defenders [Credit: Marvel Comics]

Danny Rand is the last of The Defenders to be introduced. He's a billionaire Buddhist monk, who is trained in the art of kung-fu. Setting him apart from fellow martial artists, Rand has superhuman energy thanks to infusing his energy with the molten heart of the dragon Shou-Lao.

Due for release in its 13 episode entirety on March 17, Iron Fist follows Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Luke Cage as part of the MCU's binge-ready superhero offerings. Once Rand is introduced, actor Jones will be back to work alongside the Defenders, in an attempt to protect New York City. For the sake of public relations, let's hope it doesn't get bad reviews.

Will you still watch Iron Fist, despite the poor reviews?

(Source: RadioTimes)


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