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Iron Fist's Jessica Henwick Weighs In on Show's Whitewashing Controversy

Iron Fist's Jessica Henwick Weighs In on Show's Whitewashing Controversy

Jessica Henwick, who plays the role of Colleen Wing in Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist, is speaking out about the whitewashing of the role of Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones) in the series.

“It was a hard decision to make to join the show. Not because of the material or anything,” Jessica told EW. “But I’m part of the Asian community. I’m Asian. I’m an actor. If anyone understands the conversation, it’s me. I’ve lived and breathed it.”

“I would love to see an Asian American superhero. And I think it’s going to happen. There’s something about fantasy and sci-fi that seems more welcoming of different ethnicities. It means that I’ve been presented with a lot of really cool opportunities,” Jessica added.

“When I came on to Iron Fist, it was really Colleen Wing that sold it for me. I thought it was a good opportunity to see a really strong female Asian American,” she continued. “She’s not a superhero; she’s just an ordinary person who has the guts to fight people with superpowers. Which I think is amazing!”

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  • Anna

    How is it whitewashing when the source material was written as a white male? It’s not like they replaced the main lead that was original asian as a white guy. Colleen Wing, Daisy Johnson, Agent Melinda May are all Asian female leads. Daisy Johnson is an agent with super powers called Quake. I can understand wanting an Asian male superhero but why are they getting bent out of shape about Danny Rand who has originally been white? Some people are fighting the wrong fight. Demand an Asian male superhero that can either join the Avengers, or have it’s own Netflix show. Don’t go demanding the source material to be completely changed and getting mad at the white actor. The poor guy deleted his twitter because some bitch got all bent out of shape because he was the lead. :/

  • Just Saying

    Aww poor girl, mmm I wonder if it was a hard decision to accept the big check that came afterwards too…

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  • Bernard Marx

    Absolutely agree. Like everyone’s gotta get into the “my poor ,deprived ethnicity act”.
    If one didn’t know better, you’d think it was Luke Cage now being recast white(source material black dude)……

    ;-)

  • VanityInsecurity

    Comics are sacred to comic book lovers. If a character ethnicity is essential to his/hers character, you can’t & shouldn’t change it. Look what happened to Fantastic 4… Movies/Shows that change too much..fail.

    People are buying into their own stereotypes as of late.. oh look this character knows kungfu therefore he should be Asian.. what a crock of shit.
    Can’t bitch about labeling a character & then do the same when it suits you.

  • VanityInsecurity

    because everything has become a reason for ppl to bitch about race. its like the new thing to do..

  • zuko

    I think the argument parallels Tarzan. One could argue that the original material is inherently racist(culturally appropriated) because it was created in a time when racism was much more prevalent. I’m not saying that’s true, but I think that’s where the argument is coming from.

  • greppinwolf

    Love that super white-washed Death Note though? Or Ghost in the Shell?
    Iron Fist’s biggest problem is poor scripts/dialogue, directing, and acting. Asian or not.

  • VanityInsecurity

    IF we are going to completely accept diversity you have to accept white, black, asian & native ppl in every role.

  • brian

    you realize reporters ask these poeple questionss and they answer them. its called reporting. but thanks for the thought provocative input.

  • matt whisnant

    This show is good. Finn is spot-on as Iron Fist. It is better– by a lot– than Luke Cage. It is an order of magnitude better than the DC shows like Green Arrow. People are dishonestly running down the show because they see it as an opportunity to make a political/racial point. That’s sad. Actually, it’s pathetic. Get over it. Life is more than race and enshrining victimhood, no matter what the Democrats tell you.