The app is here. At least, that’s the one I think they’re talking about. It’s hard to tell, since none of the outraged articles I’ve read name the app or link to it*. The store’s description of the Exodus International app doesn’t include the words “gay cure” anywhere, either.
As Ben Goldacre pointed out yesterday, it’s not a good sign when journalists don’t link to primary sources. They might not have read them, or, worse, they might not want you to read them, because, if you do, you’ll notice that they’ve distorted the facts to serve their own agenda.
In any case, I downloaded this app, curious to know how a piece of software might cure homosexuality. My iPhone struggles to make phone calls, so this would be quite a coup. I’m still at a loss. I couldn’t find mention of a cure anywhere – just a lot of boring stuff about support and understanding. It’s not a “gay cure” app, and nor does it purport to be.
Is it hateful? Well, they seem to think that homosexuality is wrong, and I know a lot of people that would be upset by that. Still, if all the people that thought this way were getting advice like this instead of this, then the world might be a nicer place. Misguided? Almost certainly. Offensive? Naturally. Hateful? Not when you compare it to what these clowns are up to.
In any case, even if these guys didn’t rely on our good intentions to engineer all this distorted coverage to serve an agenda that has much more to do with Exodus International than their crappy app, then they’re certainly making the most of the newsworthiness of a big computer company that really doesn’t have much to do with it.
Why exactly did I open this can of worms, and what the heck does it have to do with classical music anyway?
It’s simple really. It would be wrong to sell (or even give away) an app that claimed it could cure homosexuality, because there’s no scientific evidence that such a thing is possible. That’s not what happened here, but if it was, then I’d condemn it. It would be wrong.
What about a product that relied on what is at best sketchy evidence to claim that it could make babies smarter, exploiting parents’ desire to give their children the best possible start in life, all for financial gain? There are plenty of those about. If I was going to petition Apple to stop selling something, I might start there.
* It’s free, and to say “I didn’t name it because I didn’t want to give them any publicity” is a bit like trying to write about the current situation in Libya without promoting Muammar Gaddafi.
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