by Anton Shilov
10/04/2012 | 03:20 AM
Radical orthodox Christians from Russia remove Apple logotype from the company's products and put a cross sign instead of them. The orthodox find the half-bitten apple logotype anti-Christian and insulting their belief, something that may potentially cause serious problems for Apple's products in the country.
Interfax news-agency reports about "several" cases, where the radical orthodox, including priests, swapped the Apple logo for an image of the cross, the symbol of Jesus Christ. According to the ultra-radical orthodox activists, the bitten apple symbolizes the original sin of Adam and Eve and is generally anti-Christian. It is unknown whether the radical orthodox consider the logotype as insulting, but it looks like they do.
At present, the Russian parliament is considering a set of laws designed to "to defend citizens' religious feelings and national and spiritual values from blasphemy and insult". Considering the ongoing radical orthodox Christian hysteria in the Russian Federation, which began earlier this year, and the will of authorities to assist the confession that openly supported presidential candidate Vladimir Putin early in 2012, Apple may run into problems in the country. If the laws pass the presidential clan-controlled parliament (which is highly-likely), the ultra-radical orthodox activists may accuse Apple of anti-religious deeds, which may in the worst-case scenario halt sales of Apple products in Russia.
It is interesting to note that Apple's first logo, designed by Ron Wayne, depicted Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree. However, the logo was quickly replaced by Rob Janoff's "bitten" "rainbow Apple" silhuette that was used from late 1976 to 1998. The monochrome "bitten" Apple logo was used from 1998 to 2003, when it was replaced by glass-themed Apple logotype.
It is interesting to note that from 1976 to 2012 no influential Christian organization has accused Apple of anti-Christian propaganda with the bitten apple silhouette.