Apple Censors a Gay Kiss in Oscar Wilde Comic

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    Jun 14, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    http://www.thebigmoney.com/blogs/app-economy/2010/06/11/it-gets-worse-apple-censored-oscar-wilde-comic-featuring-two-men-kissin?obref=obinsite

    But the more examples I see of Apple's capricious censoring, the less funny it is. Apple not only censored an iPad app based on Ulysses, it blacked out multiple panels in another graphic novel for the iPad based on Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. The app's apparent sin: images of two men kissing.

    Before Apple:

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    After Apple:

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    Update - Decision was reversed (http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/14/apple-reverses-block-of-oscar-wilde-graphic-novels-gay-kissing/):

    Apple reversed that block this morning.

    Apple representative Trudy Muller explained:

    “We made a mistake. When the art panel edits of the Ulysses Seen app and the graphic novel adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest app were brought to our attention, we offered the developers the opportunity to resubmit their original drawings and update their apps.”
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    Jun 14, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    My guess is that in the original drawing, the men were nude. They did not censor the actual kiss.
    Edit: Now that the img shows correctly, I was almost right. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 14, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    Isn't it ironic? Apple has become the Big Evil it always accused Microsoft of being.
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    Jun 14, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    By the way, could someone enlighten me. What is the use of a separate "App" for everything?

    I mean, hello, wasn't the browser invented, what, 30 years ago!
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    Jun 14, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    For such a liberal and forward thinking company, I find their app store policy a little prudish. I guess Steve-O is thinking of the children.

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    Jun 14, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    Update - Decision was reversed (http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/14/apple-reverses-block-of-oscar-wilde-graphic-novels-gay-kissing/):

    Apple reversed that block this morning.

    Apple representative Trudy Muller explained:

    “We made a mistake. When the art panel edits of the Ulysses Seen app and the graphic novel adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest app were brought to our attention, we offered the developers the opportunity to resubmit their original drawings and update their apps.”


    Of course, the question is why they would have even spent the obvious time and effort to censor in the first place but at least (to their credit?) they backed down after the press pursued it.