Steve Jobs Can Shove an iPad Up His Cock

Steve Jobs Can Shove an iPad Up His Cock

June 20, 2010 6:47 pm 2 comments

Steve Jobs getting ready to cram an iPad up his limp dick

Y’know what? Steve Jobs can go sound himself with an iPad.

If you haven’t heard by now, in its puritanical crusade to shield the eyes of youth everywhere from naughty images (or at least, naughty images not promoted by major corporations), Apple, in its infinite wisdom, decided line drawings of penises, illustrations of men kissing, and depictions of Jesus as a zombie hunter, are “obscene, pornographic, or defamatory” and banned them from the App Store.

Apple, after enough bad PR, allowed some of these comics to appear in the App Store after all – but, as Prism Comics points out, “Since the rejection was entirely at Apple’s discretion, there was no way to protest except in the media.” Furthermore, it seems to be only indie creators that have this problem – far more graphic content is published on the iPad by Marvel Comics or by large movie studios without any intervention from Apple.

The moral of the story: unless you’re a big company, or you can get media attention to your plight, you face the risk of getting excluded from the largest mobile content marketplace in the world if you don’t follow a Disney-level of “family friendliness.”

wwdc comic
A comic satirizing tech press’s reaction to Jobs’ presentation at WWDC

The Prism Comics article doesn’t have a datestamp, but I tweeted it on June 2nd. However, it wasn’t until June 12th when Slate’s Big Money covered the issue that the story got legs. After that, it got picked up by Gawker and many other outlets.

On the 14th of June, Apple admitted to making a mistake and invited both the Ulysses Seen‘s Rob Berry and Josh Levitas and The Importance of Being Earnest‘s Tom Bouden to resubmit their comics (no word about the other two censored comics that Prism mentioned). Considering this was after Berry and Levitas tried resubmiting Ulysses Seen with a leaf over the penis, it seems pretty clear that Apple was responding to negative publicity, not correcting a mere oversight.

This follows Jobs flat-out lying about the Mark Fiore incident, and his Orwellian pronouncement that Apple offers Freedom from Porn.

I probably don’t need to point out the irony of these moves coming from a company that launched the Macintosh with its famous 1984 ad, and successfully reinvigorated itself with its “Think Different” campaign.

freedom from porn

Previously:

Julian Assange: Journalists should stop slavishly promoting the iPad

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