Apple is presenting gay propaganda with its same-sex emoticons — and Russia isn’t Putin up with it any more!
According to a new report, the Russian police are stepping up their investigation of Apple for “promoting homosexuality” with its range of LGBT-friendly emojis.
And the punishment could be a whopping 800,000 to 1 million rubles — which is roughly what Apple makes in 2.5 seconds, if our calculations are correct.
The investigation into Apple’s emojis was reportedly raised after concerns from Russian lawyer Yaroslav Mikhailov, who argues that since companies are barred from promoting homosexuality to minors, Apple is breaking the law with its tolerant emojis, which first arrived with iOS 8.3.
Along with the fine, Russian Apple fans could also be disadvantaged for three months due to a ban on selling Apple devices.
This isn’t the first time Russian politicians have been, frankly, batsh*t crazy concerning Apple and its supposed gay agenda. Back in April, Russian politician Alexander Starovoitov accused Apple of distributing gay pornography with its U2 Songs of Innocence giveaway album — due to the fact that the album’s cover showed band member Larry Mullen Jr. hugging his shirtless 18-year-old son around the waist.
After Tim Cook came out as gay, politicians also not only argued that he should be banned from the country, but also extended the grievance to include Cook’s heterosexual predecessor Steve Jobs, who had an honorary statue taken down and sold off as a result.
Then there was the fault in Russia’s version of Siri (likely the result of Apple handing over work to a third-party Russian programmer), which resulted in Apple’s AI assistant issuing homophobic responses to questions about LGBT issues.