People are getting mad over the idea that Danny Rand should've been asian; Like yeah, he was white in the comics but unlike a superhero like Luke Cage, who's ethnicity is central to his character, Danny Rand doesn't need to be white to be the same character as in the comics. And either way, Lewis Tan, who auditioned for the role, is half white and white passing. Plus he actually knew martial arts. Am I wrong?
Hell no you’re not wrong.
Lewis Tan could’ve easily been Danny Rand and it wouldn’t have jeopardized anything. In fact, it would’ve added more to it. Tan could’ve been an Asian diasporan who tries to connect with his roots or whatnot (he actually is an Asian diasporan, being born in England). Not only that but he actually knows martial arts, does his own stunts, and just him being Asian could smash the white savior/whitewashing/yellowfacing stereotype we’ve been getting for over a hundred years.
Marvel has changed the source content many times throughout its movie adaptions so “sticking to the comics” is not even a good argument. What the “source” argument does is allow fanboys/fangirls/fanpersons to cover up their racist/prejudice/colonial mentalities because they just want to see another basic, lame ass white person on television. Finn doesn’t know martial arts and he can’t act but he’s white. That’s pretty much all you have to be in order to get a leading role lol.
Angry Asian Guy