Hundreds of complaints after ‘I Love JK Rowling’ poster is axed by Network Rail
Network Rail bosses had hundreds of complaints after removing a poster backing JK Rowling, though none when it was displayed in a station.
The “I Love JK Rowling”poster, costing £1,200, was paid for by Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull – a feminist blogger who says trans women should not be treated as women.
It was taken down within days after Network Rail realised it violated its own code, which bans ads “likely to support or promote one view point over another”.
It is understood no commuters had complained about the poster, which was put up in July at Edinburgh Waverley Station.
Rowling wrote her Harry Potter books while living in the city.
She angered many fans – and stars of her films, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne – after speaking out against transgender reformers.
In an essay in June, 55-year-old author Rowling expressed “deep concerns about the effect the trans rights movement is having”.
Arguing against the reform of gender recognition laws, she told of being a victim of domestic violence and sexual assault, saying she could not feel safe if trans women were let in female-only spaces.
Ms Keen-Minshull, 44, has previously appeared on ITV’s This Morning to debate issues surrounding the rights of transgender people.
In 2018, she paid for a poster declaring: “Woman, women: noun, adult human female” outside the Labour Party conference.
Internal Network Rail emails reveal boss Andrew Haines was flooded with complaints after her Rowling poster was removed.
One says: “This situation has worsened as the Chairman’s office has been inundated.”
Network Rail said: “It was paid for by a gender recognition reform group.
“Our code states we will not display anything that supports a political viewpoint, policy or action.”