Prince: No to Brick Lane
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have chickened out of the Royal Film Performance of Brick Lane, the movie of Monica Ali's novel. The male Bangladeshi residents of the real Brick Lane have been protesting since the start of filming, because they don't want to accept the truth about themselves. I haven't noticed any Bangladeshi women complaining about Monica's novel, which tells the story of a Bangladeshi woman sent to London for an arranged marriage. I guess they're too downtrodden to argue with their husbands or to campaign in favour of Monica's story. All the more reason why the royal couple should have gone ahead with the screening, instead of buckling under to male-chauvinist umbrage.