A bit OTT, particularly in relation to the organisation that carried it out - ZEFS.
As Apple’s CEO recently told the world he was proud to be gay and thanked God for it as one of his greatest gifts - I can only suppose that tarnishes the Apple brand, in the eyes of ZEFS.
*Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, likes to tell people that his predecessor, Steven P. Jobs, urged him to be himself when he took over the company. *
*A memorial to Apple 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.
ZEFS - or West European Financial Union - groups companies offering a range of products and services in areas such as real estate, construction, advertising and microfinancing.
“In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law,” ZEFS said, noting that the memorial had been “in an area of direct access for young students and scholars”.
“After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values.”
Maxim Dolgopolov, the head of ZEFS who ordered the removal of the monument, expressed opposition to personal sanctions in Monday’s statement, but supported the “protection of traditional values” by law.
“Sin should not become the norm. There is nothing to do in Russia for whose who intend to violate our laws,” he said.