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Apple criticised after banning comic because of gay sexual images

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  1. I would have thought that something that portrays such violence would be worse than two small images of gay sex.

    I don’t know this series but I hope that Apple re-evaluates this ban, after all, they normally very supportive of gay issues.

    And the fact that I understand that this series has had images of straight sex in the past, this ban is rather hypocritical!

      1. “They allow themselves to be guided by their gut-level homophobic responses.” Exactly. That’s why much more research needs to be done into what MAKES people homophobic. No-one ever asks the question: “WHY are you homophobic?”. Perhaps mainstream heterosexual society already knows the answer and doesn’t want to confront it. Could it be because EVERYONE is a ‘bit gay’ … and no-one wants to admit it – particularly to themselves? The more self-hatred someone harbours for having ‘gay feelings’, the more homophobic they are likely to be. This REALLY needs to be tackled. We will NEVER erradicate homophobia until people accept the real reason for it.

        1. “Truth”, you and I and others ought to set up some kind of commission to conduct research along the lines you’ve outlined, because, as you say, without getting to the root cause of it homophobia will simply continue.

          We’ve seen the arch-homophobe Cardinal O’Brien revealed as publicly hating the feelings that he enjoyed in private. So your theory could well be right.

          I think it’s all about education, brainwash, indoctrination. I’ve said on these threads before that it was a real wake-up call for me years ago when I taught a classful of 7-year-olds in an inner-city. They were SPITTING with homophobia! It was plain then that from birth they had picked up and were simply repeating the attitudes of their parents.

          So maybe more and more TV programmes like Will and Grace, and The New Normal, is the way to go. Saturate TV and radio and tabloids with positive messages of LGBTs and eventually the old homophobia ought to get brainwashed away! Do you think?

  2. Jock S. Trap 10 Apr 2013, 11:45am

    Blatant homophobia. You either accept the same for all or not at all.

    It’s not a case of moral (for that pervert that trolls here) it’s a case of if they featured certain straight images fine then the same has to be done for gay ones.

    No arguments. I hope Apple think again. Time to end the “Alright for some but not for others” approach.

  3. All this horse dung, over a couple of small and insignificant images? How immature can Apple be? A comic strip for Pete’s sake! And coming from Apple? Someone over in that office really needs to chill out. Will this hurt Apple in the long run? Will they rethink their decision? I guess, only time will tell. Stay tuned, I’m sure the backlash will eventually, show all the initial outcome.

  4. I have Comixology on my Nexus 10, so will be looking for issues 12 of Saga over the next few days. I suspect it will be there.

  5. Apple enjoys operating on a seperate but equal agenda. Alwasys have, always will

  6. So long as they are consistent – and will not publish images of heterosexual sex either – I’m fine with that. But if this is a homophobic action, they should be hauled through the courts for discrimination.

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 10 Apr 2013, 12:43pm

    Now just wait and see if Apple back-pedals on this one. Odd for a major corporation headed by an openly gay CEO.

    1. They will, providing enough pressure is put on them. They always cave

  8. I hate censorship, especially Apples. Who are they to decide what adults can and cannot watch?

  9. Aw…. Apple is sensoring for a change….
    But, who here is looking to buy a new Apple product?
    A lot of complaing, but nothing changes…..

  10. Sam D. Maloney 10 Apr 2013, 5:57pm

    I’m not a fan of Apple, though they have supported equality for a long time.

    But the image in question is of someone sucking a hard cock, and I doubt the gender of the suck-er was a factor in their decision not co carry it.

  11. They’ve just pulled the comic from the app store – they’re still selling it through their bookstore, which has different rules.

    The real problem here is that the app store approval process is a mess. One app will get rejected for breaking a rule, while another app that breaks the same rule will get approved. An app that’s been approved repeatedly (every new version of an app has to go through the review process) will suddenly get rejected for breaking a rule it had been breaking all along. And so on. The whole process is opaque and capricious. From what I’ve heard, the review team is understaffed and the guidelines they work from are vague and subject to the whims of management, who seem to change their minds every other day as to how they should be applied.

  12. It seems that it was comiXology that withheld Saga 12, not Apple. Here’s their statement: http://blog.comixology.com/2013/04/10/ceo-on-saga-12-controversy/

    But that’s OK — y’all can just jump to the next conclusion.

  13. Art Pearson 11 Apr 2013, 12:36am

    Has Apple forgotten how much of their product is sold to the GLBT community? Maybe a boycott of Apple for a while might remind them.

    1. I really wish PN would print an update of this story. Apple have done nothing wrong.

  14. Paw Bokenfohr 11 Apr 2013, 10:48am

    Bad reporting.

    Apple didn’t ban this.

    Comixology have admitted that they in fact were the ones who withheld it, not Apple, and Apple in fact contacted them to let them know it *would* be ok despite not being asked.

  15. andrew howard-williams 11 Apr 2013, 3:24pm

    As boss of apple appears to be gay himself is this not rather too faced.
    Maybe the gay comic should move to android and gay apple users boycott apple products or at least send messages to apple showing their annoyance at the perceived homophobia.

    1. Have you not read the comments immediately above this? This story is nonsense. Apple has not banned anything. It was a mix-up on ComiXology’s behalf. I really can’t understand why PN persists with this inaccurate article.

      http://blog.comixology.com/2013/04/10/ceo-on-saga-12-controversy/

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