Apple flip-flops on gay kiss censorship
Mon. June 14, 2010 12:00 AM by GoPride.com News Staff
image from tom bouden's "the importance of being earnest"
Oscar Wilde graphic novel is back, with changes
The novel, written by Belgian gay author Tom Bouden in 2001, changes several female characters into men.
The images in question involve two men kissing and do not show full frontal nudity. However, Apple rejected the comic flat-out, then rejected a second version with large black boxes over the images.
On the third go-around, Apple accepted the book.
"We made a mistake," said Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller.
Interestingly, Prism Comics reports that the book was immediately accepted by Amazon for Kindle, which does not censor content.
"Amazon doesn't seem to have a problem with the story," publisher Peter Bonte told Prism.
"The problem with Amazon is that they take 70% and Apple only 30%, plus the platform is absolutely not usable for comics. Very low quality, they actively degrade the images, different screen sizes, not in color and Amazon charges $3 extra for non-US sales."