As Western Journalism has previously reported, Apple CEO Tim Cook is open both about his leftist ideals and his own homosexuality. Those two issues collided in the controversy over Indiana’s recent attempt to pass religious freedom legislation castigated by Cook and others as discriminatory. Of course, he did not escape criticism over his company’s practice of doing business with nations that actively persecute gays.
Nevertheless, Apple’s status as a socially conscious corporation was the impetus behind a recent radio segment by syndicated host Rush Limbaugh. He used the impending release of the Apple Watch as a vehicle to make his point.
“How about if the Apple Watch could somehow determine if the country or if the state or even the city that the watch-wearer is in oppresses women, gays or Christians and Jews or minorities?” he rhetorically asked. “What happens if your watch could tell you if you are an oppressor? What happens if the Apple Watch could tell you you live in a place where gays were oppressed, blacks are oppressed? Then you wouldn’t have to wonder.”
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He envisioned an application built into the product that would allow users to “enter in the settings, their gender, their sexual preference, and their religion, and that way if the Apple Watch wearer enters a country whose laws are overtly hostile to women, gays, Christians and Jews, the watch could issue some kind of alert or warning to warn you.”
Furthermore, the watch could include a “warning siren” to advise women “when they’re about to step on an American college campus” and “warn them of imminent attack by male students.”
He concluded that “if Tim Cook is going to insert the company into the American cultural and political fray, why not take it deep with the watch?”
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