Apple’s War on Harmless Vice…Is Wine Next?
I found 3 different Grand Theft Auto apps in the Apple App store that promote….well…everything.
I found NarcoGuerra in the Apple App store, which allows you to “try taking control of a cartel”.
I found WeedTycoon in the Apple App store, which allows you to…become a Weed Tycoon.
However, I learn today that Shaken Communications’ (Wine Spectator) “Where To Smoke” App has been banned from the Apple App store because it “promotes the use of tobacco or nicotine-related paraphernalia, including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, or e-cigarettes.”
This is, of course, a political decision made in the guise of a policy/health-related decision. It is also likely a reflection of the fact that the cigar lobby isn’t too strong these days.
But it makes you wonder, at what point does Apple ban all alcohol/wine-related apps?
There is of course very little rhyme or reason to what Apple decides is good for its users and not good for its users, as well as what is good and bad for society. I’m particularly intrigued by the app currently available in the Apple App store called Ugly Meter. It allows you to scan a picture of a friend and determine exactly (on a 1-10 scale) just how ugly they are. You have to ask yourself, why is Apple willing to allow face shaming in their App store.
The wine industry has always been one or two bad Secretaries of Health & Human Services away from seeing its marketing efforts strictly curtailed. But it begins when the monopolists and industry giants take their own shots.
Marvin Shanken, head of Shanken Communications wrote this: “This is David against Goliath, and sadly this time Goliath is the winner. It’s an assault on free speech and capital enterprise. It’s discrimination against cigar smokers—plain and simple.”