En una larga e interesante entrevista, Thomas, guionista y editor de Marvel cuando debutó el personaje, que co-creó con Gil Kane, ofrece su visión sobre el y sobre la presente polémica de un personaje blanco siendo el elegido de una sociedad oriental.
Se nota que es un tema que le molesta, aunque sus argumentos son más que válidos y por desgracia se aplican a muchas más polémicas ARTIFICIALES de las que se montan hoy en día en torno a personajes y sus adaptaciones o cualquier tópico que esté "caliente" en la Red.
All I know about Iron Fist really is what I read in press releases and what I see on the one-or-so bits of tape or film footage or whatever that have been released. There’s somebody who always sends me this kind of thing when he sees it. I didn’t see the costume in there. Otherwise, it looked like a pretty good adaptation.
Although, then, of course, people began making me aware of the fact that some people are complaining — as I think they have over the years — about cultural appropriation and crap like that, which just makes me furious.
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.
He was a character for a comic book at a different time. It’s very easy to second-guess anything.
You can argue about Tarzan, you can argue about almost any character who came up then is bound to be not quite PC by some later standard or other. Okay, so you can make some adjustments.
If they wanted to kill off white Iron Fist and come up with one who wasn’t Caucasian, that wouldn’t have bothered me, but neither am I ashamed for having made up one who was.
He wasn’t intended to stand for any race. He was just a man who was indoctrinated into a certain thing.
I just think some people have too much time on their hands, I guess. They have an infinite capacity for righteous indignation.
By and large, that tends to be misplaced quite often because if you’re becoming all upset over things that are just stories, and if you don’t like it, instead of trying to change somebody else’s story, go out and make up your own character and do a good job of it.
That’s just fine, but why waste time trying to run down other people’s characters simply because they weren’t created with your standards in mind?
I made up the concept for another group a little later, I think it was in one of the kung fu magazines we had, “magazines” being the black and white comics, as we called them. I made up a concept — I forget if I made up the name — called the Sons of the Tiger. It was three people: one white, one black, one Asian.
I turned that over to other people and let them handle it. I figured if that doesn’t hold, people are just too damn particular, they’re just too damn sensitive for their own good or anybody else’s.
But then I really don’t have much sympathy at all to trigger warnings or any of that crap. I think it’s overdone and nobody but a baby needs it, an intellectual baby.
Nosotros en THE DEFENDERS apreciamos por igual nuevos y viejos Iron Fist y a sus creadores.