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Tension is high these days on the subject of race and the movies especially. Just last year, there was the blow up when Johnny Storm was cast by a black actor. The Oscars, the pinnacle of everything movie related, were boycotted because #OcsarsSoWhite aka no black actors or actresses were nominated for the second year in a roll. Well, now, we have a new controversy along with a boycott on a Marvel related project.
The casting of Finn Jones of Game of Thrones fame as Daniel Rand aka Iron Fist has apparently rankled a few feathers; especially the said feathers of one Marvel Comic writer, Marjorie Liu.
Only one problem. Someone needs to tell dear Marjorie that Daniel Rand IS white! Just because he's running around looking like a cross between Bruce Lee and your average Asian karate superhero doesn't mean he is one. Do your research honey. I mean, you work for Marvel. Just go find anyone in the office and I bet they will be glad to regale you with the story of Daniel Rand's birth and life.
Or Wiki it. It isn't hard.
"Daniel Rand was born in New York City, the son of Wendell Rand, who discovered the mystical city of K'un-L'un as a young boy. During his time in K'un L'un, Wendell saved the life of the city's ruler, Lord Tuan, and was adopted as Tuan's son. However, Wendell eventually left K'un L'un and became a wealthy entrepreneur in the United States. He married socialite Heather Duncan and had a child: Daniel.
Wendell later organizes an expedition to again seek out K'un L'un, taking his wife Heather; his business partner Harold Meachum; and nine-year-old Daniel."
Ok, let's do a little digging.
Yeah...he's pretty white..OK! Let's look at Mom, Heather...
Heather Rand aka Silver Dragon is definitely white.
Sorry, Marjorie, looks like someone didn't do their research before opening their mouth all over social media. This is perfect casting and I, personally, cannot wait for the Netflix show! If it is ANYTHING like Daredevil or Jessica Jones, it will be awesome!!
Well, despite the facts, there is still a petition circulating asking for Daniel Rand to be played by an Asian actor. The reasoning? Well, in the words of the author of the petition:
"Despite what opponents say about changing characters’ racial identities, this is a case in which changing Iron Fist’s race has the potential to add depth and layers to an already beloved comic book icon. "
So why do they and Marjorie Lui want Daniel Rand to be played by an Asian actor? Because Rand is Iron Fist and Iron Fist is a martial artist. And....WOW...now THAT is racist! #Stereotypes
I say leave it alone for once.