Apple has become infamous for their very strong arm approach to censorship in the app store, culminating in the great adult app purge of earlier this year. Even though none of the applications featured nudity, they were still enough for Apple to consider them innapropriate.
It appears Apple has also taken a shine to forcing indie comic creators to censor their content. While no nudity is present, Jesus Hates Zombies by Stephen Lindsay was banned, even though Marvel’s ultra-violent comic Kick-Ass was allowed without editing.
Apple has also forced creators of gay content to censor their comics, either by re-writing suggestive scripts, or censoring the content with black bars. None of these involved explicit nudity, but rather mildly risque content.
Would Apple have disallowed this content, if it was with women? It’s hard to judge, as Apple is extremely puritanical in what it will and won’t allow. Even though it’s their store, and their right to censor as they see fit, I do find it unsettling to see non-explicit sexual content completely disallowed.
[via Gail Simone]