Russians Remove iPhone Statue In Protest Over Gay Apple CEO

A giant iPhone statue erected in St Petersburg in memory of Steve Jobs was taken down last Friday, a day after his successor Tim Cook announced that he is gay, the Guardian reports.

In a press statement released on Monday, Western European Financial Union (ZEFS), the company that installed the 2 meter-tall monument, accused Cook of “promoting sodomy,” according to the Daily Mail.

The interactive installation, which enabled users to learn about the life of Steve Jobs, was located in the courtyard of an IT university in St Petersburg. This, according to the ZEFS statement, could violate a recent Russian law banning the “advocacy of lifestyles contrary to traditional family values among minors.”

Maxim Dolgopolov, the founder of ZEFS, also argued that the U.S. National Security Agency could use Apple technology to monitor private communications worldwide (as revealed last year by whistleblower Edward Snowden, currently living under asylum in Moscow).

According to the BBC, if the giant iPhone is reinstalled at some point, Dolgopolov said it will let passers-by use the interactive feature to “send a message direct to the U.S. National Security Agency and Apple HQ, saying they are refusing to use technology that spies on its subscribers.”

The National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, where the monument was installed, told the state news agency Tass a different version of the facts: that ZEFS had been in touch before Tim Cook’s announcement to say it was taking the iPhone down to carry out repairs.

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