"Iron Fist," which comes out March 17, while also filming the Marvel/Netflix crossover "The Defenders," and also defending his character's whiteness.
He decided to scale back, though, after a heated exchange with a tweeter on Sunday.
This is the original tweet that started the debate:
representation is important. and here's why. https://t.co/w4rVuPtyrH
— Finn Jones (@FinnJones) March 5, 2017
This led to a back-and-forth with Asyi, a user based in Singapore/Melbourne, described as Creative Director for @GeeksofColor. Both Jones and Asyi decided to briefly step away from Twitter after their debate over the cultural appropriation of "Iron Fist."
@AsyiqinHaron all of us making this show care about about creating a socially..
— Finn Jones (@FinnJones) March 6, 2017
After getting into it with Asyi in a long list of tweets and replies, Jones briefly deleted his social media account. He returned Monday and retweeted a Deadline story that featured his statement explaining why he's scaling back on Twitter:
"There is a huge benefit to engage and help shape conversations on social media, especially when it comes to giving a voice to social matters. My original intention was to amplify a speech made by Riz Ahmed at the House of Commons. It was a very articulate and important speech on representation that I wholly agreed with. After posting I was inundated by people accusing me of not being allowed to share his voice based on an assumption that our show is going to play into the problems of racial inequality on screen. I engaged politely, diplomatically and attempted to bridge the divide. I'm currently in the middle of filming and I need to stay focused on bringing to life this character without judgment, so I decided to remove myself from twitter for the time being.
I am very proud of the work everyone has done on this series and I'm excited for people to see how we've adapted the story. We have gone to great lengths to represent a diverse cast with an intelligent, socially progressive storyline. I hope people can watch the show before making judgments. In times, as divisive as these, we need to stay unified, compassionate and understanding in our differences."
"Iron Fist" is just the latest major project to be challenged for missing an opportunity to cast non-white actors, following "Doctor Strange," "The Great Wall," and "Ghost in the Shell." "Iron Fist" drops its 13 episodes on Netflix next Friday, March 17.
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