Apple removes National Organization for Marriage app from iTunes store

The National Organization for Marriage, they of the Rock of Judge Judge Bus campaign to remove Iowa justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality, has itself a new opponent: Steve Jobs.

NOM is upset because its iPhone app was rejected by Apple. In response, NOM has made a commercial that calls Jobs “Big Brother” and makes Alanis Morissette’s use of the word “ironic” look positively poetic.

Transcript below the jump.

Apparently, NOM doesn’t think it’s fair that Apple allows apps from pro-life groups and marriage equality groups, or apps like the one promoting the film 8: The Mormon Proposition. “Apple lets you download an app for a movie that attacks a religious minority for supporting Prop 8, but a judicious statement of principle by major religious leader is banned? It’s an outrage. That’s one bad Apple,” says NOM president Brian Brown.

So, let me get this straight: an organization that campaigns to withhold civil rights from an entire class of American society, and that rallies to remove people who rule in favor of same-sex marriage from their jobs feels discriminated against because they’re not allowed to sell their app at the iTunes store?

Also, “one bad Apple?” Really? Was that the best pun you could come up with?

Transcript: The iconic Steve Jobs. In 1984, he introduced the Mackintosh computer, and revolutionized personal computing, promising to take on Big Brother in the process. Brilliant marketer, builder of companies, legendary product designer, he’s made billions taking on Big Brother. Over three thousand apps, for everything from finding directions to purchasing products and supporting causes. Provided Jobs agrees with them. Like apps for the right to abortion and gay marriage. A group of hundreds of thousands of Christians developed an app to support life and traditional marriage, an approved app rating four-plus and certified by Apple reviewers to contain no offensive material. What did Jobs do? He killed it, and called those causes offensive. Pro-abortion and gay marriage are approved. Pro-life and traditional marriage are censored. What’s happened over the years is: the iconic Steve Jobs has become the ironic Steve Jobs. He’s become Big Brother. Tell Big Brother you won’t be silenced.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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