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Transport for London is accused of 'body shaming' after telling passengers to 'dress for the figure they have not the one they want' during the hot weather

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  • A sign at Blackhorse Road tube station has been accused of ‘body shaming’
  • Read: ‘Please dress for the body you have…Not for the body you want!’
  • Was spotted by Michael Hawkes who shared the offensive sign on Twitter
  • TFL has now apologised for the ‘ill-judged’ sign and it has been removed

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Transport for London[2] is embroiled in a body shaming controversy after a noticeboard told passengers to ‘dress for the body they have’.

The offensive message was written on a whiteboard at Blackhorse Road tube station in North London on Saturday.

The message said: ‘During the heatwave please dress for the body you have…Not for the body you want!’

TFL has now been forced to apologise, describing the ‘joke’ as ‘ill-judged’ and ‘insensitive’ and an investigation has been launched.

The notice was written as part of TFL[3]‘s ‘Thought of the day’ trend which sees station staff leave inspirational quotes and sayings for their customers, however, this one was far from inspirational.

TFL has been accused of ‘body shaming’ after telling customers to ‘dress for the body you have…

Not the body you want!’

Transport for London is accused of 'body shaming' after telling passengers to 'dress for the figure they have not the one they want' during the hot weather

The notice was spotted by baker Michael Hawkes who shared his outrage on Twitter

Award-winning baker Michael Hawkes[4] was first to spot the notice on Saturday and took to Twitter to share his outrage.

Sharing a photo of the board he tweeted: ‘Way to body shame TFL.’

The tweet garnered plenty of attention with fellow passengers equally appalled by the notice.

One wrote: ‘I am so very tired of TFL wit and wisdom. Especially when neither is demonstrated’.

Transport for London is accused of 'body shaming' after telling passengers to 'dress for the figure they have not the one they want' during the hot weather Transport for London is accused of 'body shaming' after telling passengers to 'dress for the figure they have not the one they want' during the hot weather Transport for London is accused of 'body shaming' after telling passengers to 'dress for the figure they have not the one they want' during the hot weather Transport for London is accused of 'body shaming' after telling passengers to 'dress for the figure they have not the one they want' during the hot weather

His tweet quickly caught the attention of fellow TFL customers who were equally appalled

Agreeing another added: ‘Thanks for pointing this out. Larger people need to keep cool too’.

Hawkes later received a response from TFL who apologised on behalf of the station for the slip-up.

In a tweet it said: ‘Sorry that this was put up at Blackhorse Road.

‘We’ve flagged it up to the station who’ve now removed the message.

Thanks for letting us know about this.’

Transport for London is accused of 'body shaming' after telling passengers to 'dress for the figure they have not the one they want' during the hot weather

TFL later contacted Hawkes to apologise for the sign, assuring him that the message had now been removed

Responding to the tweet Hawkes replied: ‘Thank you. I can’t believe it was put up in the first place though. Unacceptable.’

Speaking to the MailOnline TFL spokesperson said: ‘We apologise unreservedly to customers who were offended by the insensitive message on the whiteboard at Blackhorse Road station.

‘Our staff across the network share messages on these boards, but in this instance the message was clearly ill-judged and it has been removed.

‘An investigation is underway to establish who thought such an unacceptable message was a good idea, so that the appropriate action can be taken.’

This is not the first time that TFL has caused a stir with a poorly thought out message.

Transport for London is accused of 'body shaming' after telling passengers to 'dress for the figure they have not the one they want' during the hot weather

In February TFL came under fire for a ‘joke’ about suffragette Emily Davison’s husband ‘not getting his tea’ on the day she died

Transport for London is accused of 'body shaming' after telling passengers to 'dress for the figure they have not the one they want' during the hot weather

The ‘sexist’ quip was spotted by commuter Evelyn Clegg – the day after the 100-year anniversary of women getting the vote in Britain

In February the company apologised for a ‘hugely misjudged joke’ about suffragette Emily Davison’s husband ‘not getting his tea’ on the day she died.

The ‘sexist’ quip was spotted by commuter Evelyn Clegg – the day after the 100-year anniversary of women getting the vote in Britain.

The 30-year-old was appalled at what was written at Colliers Wood Station, south London and called on TfL to remove it.

Transport bosses were forced to apologise about the ‘joke’, which read: ‘100 years ago, suffragette Emily Davison died after throwing herself in front of the King’s Horse.

‘History remembers her as being influential in giving women the right to vote.

‘What history doesn’t remember is her husband, who didn’t get his tea that night!’

WHO STARTED TFL’S THOUGHT OF THE DAY TREND?

While the Thought Of The Day is a fairly recent addition to most London tube stations its origins stem back over a decade.

The aphorisms, quotes and sayings have been appearing at Oval station on the Northern Line for 14 years.

It was then service manager Anthony Gentles who started the tradition after being inspired to perk up the ‘blank faces’ of commuters.

Each day he would scrawl a quote from his favourite book, Tao Te Ching, a key text in the ancient Chinese philosophical tradition of Taoism, to greet passengers arriving at the station.

Following his departure from the role Glen Sutherland took up his place continuing to inspire commuters to this day and the idea has since been picked up at stations across the network.

In March 2017, following the Westminster terrorist attack stations such as Tower Hill and Tooting Bec shared messages of defiance in the hope to unite customers.

The notices also take on a more light-hearted notes aimed at raising a smile among customers with one reading: ‘Anyone caught travelling without a valid ticket or Oyster will be told the ending to the new Star Wars.’

Then there are the scrawled abstract questions we never thought to ask.

Will the DFS furniture sale ever end?

Who tastes dog food when it has a ‘new improved’ flavour?

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References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ London (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ TFL (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Michael Hawkes (twitter.com)



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