Sacrilicious or sacrilegious: you be the judge. Well actually, Apple Inc. has already cast the first stone when it comes to the so-called “Jesus face” app at the App Store, which it has banned.
The widget, entitled “Me So Holy,” lets users replace Jesus’ face with their own, in popular and well-known paintings and tableaus featuring the deity.
As with everything else that Apple has banned, from the horrific Baby Shaker app to South Park, to Trent Reznor, to that book that contains the f-word, this comes under Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone agreement: “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.”
Apple’s tight control over App Store content has some crying censorship, while others applaud.
Trent Reznor fought back and won distribution at the App Store for his Nine Inch Nails application, which, being as it contains NIN songs, contains a few curse words as well. No word (or divine sign, for that matter) as to whether Me So Holy can make the same, er, ascension to the widget market.