Russian tech college removes monument to Steve Jobs because successor CEO Tim Cook is gay

A six-foot-tall statue of an iPhone was removed from a St. Petersburg, Russia tech college last week in response to Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledging publicly for the first time that he is gay.

The state was erected in the courtyard of the Techno Park of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University) as an homage to Apple’s late founder, Steve Jobs.

It is unclear if the university had a hand in the statue coming down, or whether the decision was taken solely by a private company called ZEFS.

The company issued a statement saying, “After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the sculpture was dismantled in line with Russia’s federal law protecting children from information that propagandizes the rejection of traditional family values.”

The statement went on to claim that iPhones are now “more dangerous than cigarettes or drugs.”

The company’s president says that the statue violates Russia’s draconian anti-gay “propaganda” law, that bans anything that could be interpeted by a child as being pro-gay.

Which means this year’s always-crowd-pleasing shirtless unicorn trot is now off as well:


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10 Responses to “Russian tech college removes monument to Steve Jobs because successor CEO Tim Cook is gay”

  1. Strepsi says:

    He has huge popular support at all levels. Just as Germans took decades to come to terms with theirn own popular democratic support of Hitler, the wide majority of Russians ARE complicit in the nationalistic, racist and anti-gay pogroms going on.

  2. dcinsider says:

    I’d begin by removing it’s functionality :)

  3. phred says:

    All right, I have to ask: how do you de-gay a phone? Disable the camera
    that goes both ways? Make the phone available in only the less-fabulous
    colors, such as Utilitarian Grey? Inquiring minds want to know.

  4. goulo says:

    I also wondered if it was a protest against the stupid rule by intentional over-compliance. But if I had to bet, I’d bet not, alas. :/

    (Or there is a third possibility: maybe they disliked the silly giant iPhone monument, and this was just a convenient excuse to get rid of it…) :)

    PS: John, you wrote “The state was erected” but mean “The statue was erected”.

  5. MyrddinWilt says:

    Is the company serious or is this an example of protesting a stupid regulation by intentional over-compliance?

    This particular action has just turned ownership of an iPhone into an act of protest against Putin. Which is rather interesting.

    People need to be very clear that all the blame is directed against Putin and Putinism. Don’t judge the actions of people living in a totalitarian state.

    Though it must be said that while Russia does seem to be validating the notion of history repeating itself, in the case of Putinism, Marx’s rider that it occurs the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce seems to also apply.

  6. dcinsider says:

    Russia is like a really big Alabama.

  7. jomicur says:

    But I’ll bet they’re still listening to Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov and reading Pushkin.

  8. BeccaM says:

    *LOL!* Of course not.

  9. dcinsider says:

    And eliminate the black market that keeps the country afloat? No, they will just de-gay the phones upon entry into Russia.

  10. keirmeister says:

    By this same reasoning, am I to assume Russia will destroy and boycott all Apple products from its land?

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