Do you remember being about nine years old and a parent's friend saying something like, 'Oh you must meet my niece Jessica, she's nine too!' A play-date with Jessica would be arranged: a meet-up in which you were both banished to a bedroom and expected to get on like a house on fire.
This long campaign has sparked controversy and debate at every stage. From its very beginning to its final success, people have been disagreeing with and disparaging the efforts to put Jane Austen on the front of the tenner.
To suggest that the inability to find an actor to play Aladdin is due to the difficulty involved in finding someone of Middle-Eastern/South Asian heritage who can act, sing and dance registers, to me, as the racial equivalent of the man who blames all of womankind for his inability to find a girlfriend. Maybe, love, the problem isn't them - it's you.
14/07/2017 09:26 BST
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