'Iron Fist' Star Claps Back at Character's Creator for His Usage of 'Oriental'

Jessica Henwick reminded 'Iron Fist' co-creator Roy Thomas that "Oriental is a term used to describe rugs, not people."

Jessica Henwick and Finn Jones on the set of 'Iron Fist'

Jessica Henwick and Finn Jones on the set of 'Iron Fist'

Jessica Henwick and Finn Jones on the set of 'Iron Fist'

Late last week, Inverse published an interview Roy Thomas, co-creator with Gil Kane of the comic book character Danny Rand a.k.a. The Iron Fist. Obviously, with the unveiling of the Netflix show about the character, Thomas' creation is gathering renewed attention—not all of it positive. 

During the interview, Thomas spoke on some of the controversy surrounding the lead character's race. Although Rand is white in the original comic, many people have wondered why the new incarnation of the martial-arts-loving hero couldn't actually be Asian—and, in fact, an Asian-American actor was considered for the role. But Thomas had no time for such talk. 

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.

Despite Thomas' pleas that "if they had decided to make Iron Fist an Asian, that would have been fine with me, too," many people took umbrage with his answer—in particular, his usage of the term "Oriental." One of those people was a star of Iron Fist, Jessica Henwick, who plays Colleen Wing. On Tuesday, Wing tweeted a rebuke to Thomas:

Breaking: Roy Thomas is an old, white racist. "Oriental"?! https://t.co/CMwC3ckQh9

— basketball shoe(gaze) (@RyanGelley) March 21, 2017

But Henwick was far from the only one bothered by Thomas' use of the term.

there's no excuse for Roy Thomas' statement using the word "oriental" when many folks his age get terminology correct #IronFist

— maraleia (@maraleia) March 21, 2017

@Marvel PR rep right reading Roy Thomas referring to Asians as "these people" and "Oriental." pic.twitter.com/MT4ZHhFZYM

— Chew On This: A Nerds United Podcast 🍥 (@chewonthispod) March 22, 2017

You can see Iron Fist (if you're willing to ignore all the bad reviews) on Netflix.

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