Gawker » Apple’s Gay Culture Bans Don’t Make It Moral or Pure
Following my post yesterday about Apple censoring a line drawing of a naked man in Ulysses-the-iPad-comic-edition…
So not only did Ulysses Seen get censored, so did a comic version of The Importance Of Being Earnest which featured, OMG, a gay kiss scene. Playboy can have an app, that’s fine, and so can Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, and the comic Kick Ass can show a man and a woman having sex, that’s cool too. But Apple must protect iPad users’ eyes from cartoon gays…
Back in February, Apple VP Phil Schiller tried to justify this double standard:
“The difference is this is a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format,”
But no, that’s not true: the established Brit fash mag Dazed & Confused is calling its iPad version “The Iran Edition” for the amount of oiled naked flesh it will have to cut out of not just editorial fashion shoots but also adverts.
Apparently wholesome American softcore is fine (Playboy, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition). European nakedness, on the other hand, is surely too perverse to be allowed (Dazed & Confused), and anything (a) gay or (b) based more on fandom than commercial visual tropes must be banninated (Ulysses Seen, Importance of Being Earnest).
The Steve Jobs position on all this? This isn’t censorship, it’s freedom - “Freedom From Porn”, quoth Mr Jobs. But wait, what about those of us who would like to make our own sexual decisions? “You Might Care More About Porn When You Have Kids.”
Oh wuh-te-fuh Mr Jobs, are you treating your entire customer base like they’re all “pre-pregnant”?