Rhombi, triangles, and rectangles probably don’t elicit a sexual response from you most times, but Apple thinks those beautiful shapes can be a little bit too orgasmic when combined in different configurations. Artist Luciano Foglia’s app of geometric shapes was recently rejected by Apple because they claimed it contained “excessively objectionable or crude content.” But it’s just a bunch of geometric shapes, so why did Apple label it as pornographic? Take a look and judge for yourself:
Fogilia views his Geometric Porn app as an expression of abstract art which he defines as something “existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence. Visual geometry containing the non-explicit description of sexual organs or activity. Arising in the mind it intends to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings.” As such, he argues that his app shouldn’t be treated like regular pornography because it doesn’t illicit the same type of mental sensations as pornography. Does he have a point?
Art is always a subjective experience so we’re sure comments on Foglia’s app are going to range from “O-M-Gz!!! are you kidding me? that’s straight up filthy nasty pr0n yo!” to “hey that’s such an artistic representation of human anatomy that it deserves to be enjoyed by all. It’s tasteful, not pornographic.”
Apple’s official reasons for rejection were cited as
Reasons for Rejection:
16.1: Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected. We found that many audiences would find your app concept objectionable, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.
Personally, I laughed when I watched the video of the app, but it’s not something I’d keep on my iPhone, because Apple’s told me that porn is bad.
What do you think? Art, or Porn?