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Apple continues to decide what content is morally acceptable for its iPhone users, rejecting a Jesus-themed app titled "Me So Holy".  (Source: Benjamin Kahle)
Apple is happy to guide its users' moral decisions

Developer Benjamin Kahle wanted to give iPhone app fans their own personal Jesus with his new "Me So Holy" iPhone app (follow the link to see video of the app).  However, Mr. Kahle found out the hard way that Apple tightly controls what it content it considers moral enough for its iPhone customers.  Continuing the saga of rejected apps -- which include a South Park app and the "Baby Shaker" app -- the new Jesus-themed app has now become the latest Apple reject.

The "Me So Holy" app arguably gives users a humorous introduction to the world's religions.  It features various religious figures, including Jesus, and allows iPhone users to take their own picture, crop it, and put it in place of Jesus and company's faces.  Apple quickly rejected the app, informing Mr. Khale that it was "objectionable".

Apple wrote, "Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgment may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users."

Mr. Khale protested the move and Apple's censorship, stating, "Our question is, is religion really to be placed in the same category as these violent apps? Sex, urine, and defecation don't seem to be off-limits, yet a totally non-violent, religion-based app is."

However, not even Mr. Khale's protest could save this app, which has headed straight to Apple rejection purgatory.  Perhaps not all is lost as Apple previously had rejected a profanity-containing app update from Nine Inch Nails' chief Trent Reznor, only to turn around and accept it.

Before "Me So Holy", Mr. Khale authored the app "Animalizer", which surprisingly is much less offensive than his current app.  "Animalizer" featured a similar theme -- users take their picture, crop it, and place it on various animal body.  Both apps also allow users to insert their own caption in cartoon-esque text blobs.

Aside from the disappointment of Mr. Khale, the story of "Me So Holy" serves to highlight Apple's unusual stand with the App store.  In a time when retail stores have become increasingly accepting of adult-themed material, and even Apple's own iTunes features a great deal of adult content, Apple has chosen the iPhone as the platform for its moral stand.  While at times contradictory, its rejections and policies send a clear message to users -- Apple will decide what content is moral enough for them.

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By Ryanman on 5/12/2009 10:54:35 AM , Rating: -1
Who would have thought a hipster company like Apple would bend over for the Moral Majority too?

How could this even be offensive? I don't understand how pasting your face over a guy wearing shepherd's clothing is blasphemous.

RE: Strange
By jenigmaa on 5/12/2009 11:19:23 AM , Rating: 2
It's offensive because people who are religious respect their religious figures, and would not like to see them defaced. Even if its supposed to be funny, the principle of the app is offensive.

RE: Strange
By Ryanman on 5/12/2009 12:39:08 PM , Rating: 2
Why exactly are "religious" people allowed to be angry though?
Anyone doing it isn't religious. And it's not like a photo shop job can't do MUCH worse. Google "Jesus F*cking Christ" for a good example.
People are ridiculed every day. It's something we have to live with.
That is, even if this can be deemed offensive. It's implied that you're superimposing your face on Jesus' but in reality it's just a template of old style robes that you put your head in. It could be, as I said in my OP, any shepherd, or any muslim leader (for muhammed). Religious nuts need to grow up.

RE: Strange
By jenigmaa on 5/12/2009 1:30:15 PM , Rating: 1
Everyone is allowed to be angry. I mean, I'm sure that Ingrid Newkirk (PETA president) would be pretty upset if I photo shopped her wearing a fur coat and sold it to people. Michael Jackson wouldn't be very happy if he was photoshopped riding in a big windowless child molester van. It's the fact that Jesus, Muhammed, Buddha, and other religious leaders are important to a significant amount of people. It could be just any robe, but enough people tie that apparel to Jesus.

In the end, it's Apple's decision. Enough people are offended by it that Apple doesn't think its worth selling in its App Store. The profit from the app would not outweigh the controversy caused by it.

RE: Strange
By adiposity on 5/18/2009 1:31:33 PM , Rating: 2
Even if its supposed to be funny, the principle of the app is offensive.

Let me correct your statement:

Even if its supposed to be funny, everything is offensive to somebody .

If by "offensive" you mean "someone could be offended", that's probably true. Good luck finding an apple app (or any other company) that could not possibly be offensive to anyone.


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