DUN DUN DUN DUN
ALL HAIL ZUKO, EX-PRINCE OF THE FIRE NATION!!!
The Avatar First Look photos are up on USA Today for Aang and Zuko.
My thoughts on racefail can be summarised as: "Please go watch Ember Island Players." (spoilers) I'm not dismissing the Very Real Cultural and Racial Stereotyping Issues At Stake Here, but I do think that a movie is a commercial enterprise just like any other, and like every commercial enterprise, it will come with commercial constraints.
If you want to RAEG at racefail, go on ahead to this post at racebending. The reaction post at avatarfans is over here. There is an interesting post by glockgal over here.
My personal (Zuko-centric) views, by contrast, are quite simple.
Dearly Beloved Zuko, I would love you regardless of the colour of the skin of the actor playing you. I fell in love with your character because you were 200% FLAMING EPIC LAME, EMO, ANGST AND FAIL in the manner I consider Deeply, Intensely Amusing. I would love you whether you were played by the (blond! and blue-eyed!) Jesse McCartney, whether you were played by Dev Patel, or any other Culturally Correct Casting Choice.
And that is all.