John M. Becker

Russians Tear Down Steve Jobs Memorial Because Tim Cook Is Gay

Filed By John M. Becker | November 03, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Apple, gay propaganda, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian propaganda law, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook

russians-tear-down-steve-jobs-memorial.jpgResidents of St. Petersburg, Russia tore down a memorial to deceased Apple founder Steve Jobs after current Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay.

Business Insider reports:

Business FM Radio reports that the company that originally funded the memorial, ZEFS, decided to tear it down after Cook said he was proud to be gay.

Homophobia is rife in Russia, and many LGBT people living in the country have been subjected to harassment and violence.

The six-foot tall memorial was erected in 2013 to celebrate Steve Jobs' life. It featured a large screen that showcased moments from Jobs' life, as well as scrolling quotations from his speeches and a QR code on the back that would take people who scanned it to a website.

In a press release, ZEFS chairman Maxim Dolgopolov said he'd be willing to reinstall the memorial -- which provided free Wi-Fi in temperatures as low as 30 degrees below freezing -- if it could be reprogrammed to include a message instructing Russians not to purchase Apple products.

In addition to Cook's disclosure, Dolgopolov also claims his decision is related to revelations from Edward Snowden that the NSA hacked into iPhones for surveillance purposes. But that claim rings hollow when one considers that the Snowden revelations came to light more than a year ago, yet no action against the Jobs memorial was taken until Cook disclosed his sexual orientation last week.

Photo credit: bfm.ru.

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