Russia vs Tim Cook
The secret is out. A gay man is in charge of Apple! Who would’ve imagined. CEO Tim Cook described his sexuality as the best gift god as given him. His openness was welcomed by many, Russia wasn’t as delighted. Sure, there are many countries that are against homosexuality but Russia has made a bold statement. ZEFS, a group of Russian companies has eradicated the 6ft tall iPhone memorial ornament for Steve Jobs. You know, Steve Jobs, the guy that has passed on and was not gay. Gay propaganda – because that’s what an iPhone essentially is – is forbidden in Russia and supported by federal law. The law-abiding citizens of State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics of St Petersburg have removed the ornament as a result. Vitaly Milonov, the St Petersburg legislator has called for Cook to be barred entrance to Russia. ZEFS’ reasoning is that someone being gay is the denial of traditional family values. Basically discussing one’s gayness will destroy lives. The university later released a statement insisting they were not against Tim Cook or Apple. They just needed to protect their environment from promoting sexual perversion. Degree students and scholars generally need their minds protected from outside thoughts, yes. And mind you, Steve Jobs – the man that died in 2011, for whom the ornament stood – was not gay. Later the university had a change of mind and announced they had planned on taking the monument down before Cook’s announcement. Of course they did not elaborate why that was. The Soviet Union may have collapsed decades ago but Russia has hardly changed its attitude. Human rights and personal freedoms aren’t something Putin and his pals would entertain the citizens with. The protection of students and scholars is a rather shoddy excuse for what really is blatant homophobia. Cover photo is by Andy Ihnatko.