iPhone memorial taken down – level 3
A memorial to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been dismantled in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, after the man who succeeded him at the helm of the company, Tim Cook, came out as gay.
The two-metre high monument, in the shape of an iPhone, was erected outside a college last year by a Russian group of companies called ZEFS.
Citing the need to abide by a law combating “gay propaganda”, ZEFS said in a statement on Monday that the memorial had been removed on Friday, a day after Cook had announced he was gay.
The statement said, “The monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values.”
Promoting “traditional values“, President Vladimir Putin last year signed a law prohibiting the spread of “gay propaganda” among minors.
Putin says there is no discrimination against gay people in Russia and the law was needed only to protect young people.
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