Rob Liefeld Creator of Deadpool

‘Deadpool’ Comic Creator Battles Social Justice Warriors Over ‘Iron Fist’ Outrage

By Kyle Foley | 4:37 pm, October 12, 2016

When it comes to entertainment, social justice warrior outrage is hardly new. But when the people behind the entertainment push back against the critics—that’s relatively novel.

With Marvel set to introduce the Iron Fist in March, fans have been furious about the fact that the show’s lead is a white guy. Iron Fist, also known as Daniel Rand, is a martial arts badass who also wields the power of the mystical “Iron Fist” (hence the name). He first entered the comic world in 1974, and is most notable for his partnership with Luke Cage. Marvel is introducing both of these characters, along with Jessica Jones and Daredevil, in an effort to bring the Defenders team to the small screen worldwide.

On Tuesday, the man behind the Deadpool comics, Robert Liefeld, took to Twitter to deal with some of these SJW trolls who felt it necessary to bombard him with “facts” about how racist Iron Fist is for featuring a white character who excels in martial arts.

Liefeld, himself a fan of the Iron Fist comics since they first entered circulation in the 1970’s, calls out these angry critics and questions if they have ever actually read comics before.

For sticking to the original adaptation of the character, Liefeld was characterized as a racist. This, of course, coming from “fans” unfamiliar with some of the many diverse characters he created. Chapel (an African-American member of Liefeld’s Youngblood series); G.W. Bridge (an African-American member of the X-Force series, who later goes on to become President); and Kayo (an Asian character created by Liefeld for his Brigade series) are just a few examples. Liefeld mentions these characters to point out that comic book creators should create new characters from different ethnic backgrounds instead of repurposing existing ones to fit an agenda.

Liefeld also notes that Iron Fist is most likely based on a certain famous (and white) martial artist from the 70’s by the name of Chuck Norris.

Liefeld has nothing against diversity in comics, and very few people genuinely do, but he does stand firm against hijacking old characters in order to fit a social agenda. He makes it clear that Iron Fist never had any sort of racist elements or problems with people finding it racist until just recently. Critics, often uninformed ones, attempt to paint a picture that just isn’t accurate, and people like Liefeld are left to defend their passion against the hordes that seek to take it away from them.

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