(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A Russian memorial for Steve Jobs was taken down last week following the announcement from CEO Tim Cook that he is gay.
The memorial, a six-foot statue in the shape of an iPhone, was put outside a St. Petersburg college in January 2013 by a Russian group of companies known as ZEFS.
On Friday the monument was swiftly taken down due to Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws that prohibit minors from “sexual perversions,” reports the Huffington Post.
“In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law,” said ZEFS. “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 noted that the memorial was in “an area of direct access for young students and scholars,” stating that “sin should not become the norm. There is nothing to do in Russia for whose who intend to violate our laws.”
Cook announced his sexual orientation last week in a Bloomberg Businessweek article, stating the following:
“For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.”