Weird news: Russians dismantle Steve Jobs monument following Tim Cook’s ‘out’ essay

A man walks past a recently erected iPhone-shaped monument in memory of Apple's late co-founder Jobs in St. Petersburg

From Reuters:

A memorial to Apple Inc founder Steve Jobs has been dismantled in the Russian city of St Petersburg after the man who succeeded him at the helm of the company, Tim Cook, came out as gay.

The two-meter (more than six-feet) high monument, in the shape of an iPhone, was erected outside a St Petersburg college in January 2013 by a Russian group of companies called ZEFS.

Citing the need to abide by a law combating “gay propaganda”, ZEFS said in a statement on Monday that the memorial had been removed on Friday — the day after Apple CEO Cook had announced he was homosexual.

Okay, more like shameful news than weird news, right? Cook published his essay on his sexuality last week which was widely applauded including by several Fortune 500 CEOs.


  1. zubeirg87 - 8 years ago

    At least there are still sensible people!

  2. Dave Huntley - 8 years ago

    There’s a reason why people emigrate from Russia by the bucket load every single day. Not only a third world country, it’s a backward one. No one cares they took down the statue, it was ugly, but it’s a great reminder to all that they don’t want to live in a dump like Putinland.

  3. xprmntr - 8 years ago

    next up, confiscating, destroying and banning all apple products.


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