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difenbaker
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Posted: 2014-11-04 02:09
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Russia's Apple monument dismantled after Tim Cook comes out as gay

By Sam Rigby
Monday, Nov 3 2014, 22:09 GMT



An iPhone monument erected in memory of Steve Jobs has been taken down in Russia after Apple's current CEO Tim Cook came out as gay.

The St. Petersburg memorial was dismantled on Friday (October 31), just one day after Cook stated that he is "proud to be gay". A group of companies known as ZEFS erected the statue in January 2013, but have said that it now goes against the country's "gay propaganda" laws.

"In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law," ZEFS explained, adding that the monument was "in an area of direct access for young students and scholars".

"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."

One of the politicians behind Russia's "gay propaganda" laws, Vitaly Milonov, has campaigned for Cook to be barred from entering the country over his sexuality.




link:
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/t[....]#~oUCsDnLFkTfkKi#ixzz3I4bXvSq1

related:
http://in.reuters.com/video/2[....]TopNews&rpc=401&videoChannel=1
http://mashable.com/2014/11/0[....]ium=feed&utm_source=feedburner
http://www.theregister.co.uk/[....]_steve_jobs_memorial_tim_cook/
http://metro.co.uk/2014/11/03[....]cause-tim-cook-is-gay-4933602/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ne[....]pple-CEO-comes-out-as-gay.html
http://www.itv.com/news/2014-[....]ismantled-after-ceo-comes-out/
http://www.independent.co.uk/[....]-comes-out-as-gay-9836630.html

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
http://www.itv.com/news/2014-[....]e-tim-cook-im-proud-to-be-gay/

Call for Apple CEO Tim Cook to be banned from Russia after saying he is gay
http://www.itv.com/news/2014-[....]russia-after-saying-he-is-gay/



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Posted: 2014-11-04 07:40
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He came out last year. Guess the Russians don't read the glossies.
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Posted: 2014-11-04 08:16
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I think there were rumors in the past?... but it's just now that its been formalized.

Some questions remain though...
Like "why is he proud?" and "why come out now and not before?"
Also, since the iPhone is popular with children... "how will their values be affected by this?"

Some very interesting discussions here:
Tim Cook's 'rhino skin' tested by a rash of angry flies as Apple investors shrug off concerns
http://appleinsider.com/artic[....]c-investors-shrug-off-concerns

after reading that... I was surprised to find out that Russia is not the only country with anti-gay laws.


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Posted: 2014-11-04 13:42
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Oh dear!

What about those Russians who have already purchased an Apple product? They'll never look at their device the same way again.

By keeping their device they could only be seen as supporting Tim Cook and his gayness.

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Posted: 2014-11-04 17:52
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Goldenface.


But Tim Cook being gay has been a well known fact since the day he became CEO of Apple, people were saying 'how forward thinking' Apple and Steve Jobs were for taking a COO who was also gay and making him CEO, way back when the iPhone4S was arriving.

Gay or not, the dude has done a fantastic job at Apple, despite the hard times in the mobile industry, the hype remains and profits continue to flow in.
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Posted: 2014-11-04 18:19
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Aaaaaaand it's banned...

Report: Apple iPhone banned in Russia starting January 1st, 2015
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Posted: 2014-11-04 20:32
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Ha this is very funny and thus may bring war again between America & Russia!! LOL

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Posted: 2014-11-05 00:33
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Bloody Putin he's an idiot
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It's curios how the worst homophobes themselves often turn out to be gay.

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This is absolute madness. Russia needs to wake up to the 21st century and drop all this "propaganda" about homosexual law, as Bono said those that are homophobic are trying to hide something. It makes me sick to thing that people could and will go to prison just for being gay or even support gay rights. All credit to Tim Cook for coming out maybe this will lead to more high profile people doing the same and maybe even the odd Russian celebrity/politician will do the same.
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Good luck to Tim Cook yes, he's a brave and inspirational fella.

I wonder what is going on in Russia now and whether there really is a backlash. Pretty funny if you ask me.
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The funny thing is sometime ago Putin was showing his bare chest off in the Russian wilderness & he looked gay himself



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Posted: 2014-11-06 00:28
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Ha ha.
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On 2014-11-05 10:48:23, XperiaJunkie wrote:
This is absolute madness. Russia needs to wake up to the 21st century and drop all this "propaganda" about homosexual law, as Bono said those that are homophobic are trying to hide something. It makes me sick to thing that people could and will go to prison just for being gay or even support gay rights. All credit to Tim Cook for coming out maybe this will lead to more high profile people doing the same and maybe even the odd Russian celebrity/politician will do the same.



Seems to be very fashionable the last few years. This whole 'coming out' thing is getting needlessly overplayed. While I agree the hype machine is unaffected, mostly due to Apple's rainbow original logo (public original, not THE real-original logo which was really solid Black - like it was briefly in 2001-2003), This should NOT have HAD to be a public statement.

- does the end user of Apple products REALLY at the core of it give a rats SHI*E about the CEO being /not-being gay?
- does it increase the stock price?
- does it really affect how HE will be treated by his company, investors, company partners etc?
- I'm VERY curious to see Dre's reaction if any ... then again he's not loosing ANY street-cred on this ... anywaaaay!

So why the NEED for Tim to make this public? Really what does it benefit him if his life is so - so damn healthy & private?! Who gives a real FAK?! I'd say 'because it's fashionable' ... to shock or be in the "IN" crowd, being gay is like being the new emmo, or sorry better yet yuppy!

You're shocked in some places being gay leads you to going to jail?!

Come to my side of life where trying to get on a bus having no fare and being kicked off leads you to be chased not by one, but 4 cops, gunned down, and KILLED in your own 'hood (not a ghetto) ... yeah that's right! 2014. In all places, San Francisco - predominantly high population that relates to this threads top, coincedentally.

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http://beforeitsnews.com/alte[....]s-fare-live-video-3015928.html

Whatever the truth may be in regards to after-the-fact claims that Kenneth Harding was a murder suspect, it has no relevance to the on-the-spot decision by police to fire (multiple times) on a bus fare scofflaw. Murderers are entitled to a trial, not execution in the streets. This extreme excessive force completely undermines community relations with police, is racially divisive, and is all too reminiscent of the BART Cop shooting of the unarmed Oscar Grant (officer released after serving 1 year) and numerous other cases of seemingly unjustified deadly force.

Angry crowd shouts ‘Where’s the gun’ after a man [Kenneth Harding] fleeing police was shot 5 times for allegedly not paying bus fare… police now claim man was person of interest in murder case.


So while Tim dares the status quo to go public about being gay - good for him for finally being honest, non-fearful, and well most likely making his lover happy, as he claims Tim himself is happy ... there are a LOT bigger issues going on in this world than worrying about one's sexual preference. The way I move in this world, is VERY carefully - even in Canada I'm a potential suspect of any crime reported as comitted by a black male ... because in GTA, GHA, Vancouver, etc .... police carry high contract pictures of black suspects - which is the equivalent of having a picture taken in various shades of red and try to determine which red-rose is the brightest. Like colour printers don't exist to have better quality photos. I was halted on my way to work several years ago in Hamilton, ON on the main street because I looked like the part. I couldn't even tell what their black suspect looked like and I'm Black.

Being opprossed due to being gay in any country is not so large an issue ... Canada, in fact Toronto alone has officially seen more gay marriages than any country and offer for freedom has been successful for many country's.

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