The fact that Apple decided to ban Image Comics’ Saga #12 from the sale in the App Store, made critics accuse the company of a double standard, asserting that Apple banned the comic only for its depiction of gay sex.
The twelfth issue of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga, a series for the proverbial mature reader, was recently released, containing two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, images that seem to influence Apple in banning the comic, as Vaughan commented in a note to readers on Staples’ Tumblr page. In addition, the Saga co-creator, disclosed that Apple is not allowing sales of the issue through any iOS apps; however, issue will be on sale through comiXology’s web store and can then by synced to iOS devices as the digital distributor stated on Twitter.
Saga has in the past, though, shown rather graphic depictions of heterosexual sex acts, but he images in question depict a sex act between two men, being in contrast to the Apple’s App Store regulations, which prohibit any such depiction. Therefore, the company has barred all apps from selling the comic.
Apple Appears to Be Supporting Same-Sex Relationships Outside the Apple Store
Apple has been accused with having an issue, not with the depiction of sex, but with the genders of the illustrated persons involved as earlier Saga released were not banned. Although the image PR director Jennifer de Guzman stated that the sex in previous issues did not show genitalia, and thus was not inadmissible by Apple’s standards, it appears that the company was okay with the heterosexual acts depicted in issue number four of Saga.
Furthermore, this is not the first time Apple seems to be censoring material involving same-sex couples as the same thing happened in 2010, when the company banned a gay kiss in Tom Bouden’s graphic novel adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest, even though the app did not include full nudity. When resubmitted with the gay kiss covered by black blocks, Apple approved the same app.
Although Apple appears to be having issues when it comes to same-sex relationships, outside the borders of the App Store, the company’s actions demonstrate the opposite. Not only that in 2008 Apple donated $100,000 to fight California’s anti-same-sex marriage Proposition 8, but it also joined along with other large corporations expressing support for same-sex marriage, this year, as this problem moved before the United States Supreme Court.