IPhone monument torn down in Russia to combat ‘gay propaganda’
A memorial to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been dismantled in St. Petersburg, Russia, because his successor, Tim Cook, recently came out as being gay. The monument in the shape of an iPhone is over six feet tall. It features an interactive screen with photos, videos and text about Jobs, Apple’s late co-founder. The memorial was erected in January 2013 by a Russian group of companies called ZEFS (West European Financial Union).
On November 3, 2014, ZEFS released a statement that the memorial had been removed on Friday to combat “gay propaganda.” The monument was taken down the very next day after Apple CEO Cook had announced he was homosexual.
"In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law," ZEFS commented, pointing out that the memorial had been "in an area of direct access for young students and scholars".
"After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values," ZEFS added.