A Russian legislator has accused Apple and the band U2 of violating the Russian law “against gay propaganda among minors” by uploading U2’s latest album,
Songs of Innocence, to iTunes customers worldwide, including Russia, in September 2014.
Alexander Starovoitov, a member of the Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of Parliament, asked the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the incident, reported Billboard magazine.
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“Just like many citizens of the Russian Federation, I am an iPhone owner,” Starovoitov said in the address to the Prosecutor’s Office, quoted by the Russian daily Izvestia.
“In 2014, tracks by U2 were uploaded in a viral way to my Music folder in iTunes, with the album cover featuring what I believe to be two men engaged in a manifestation of non-traditional sexual relations,” Starovoitov added.
Starovoitov apparently referred to the album’s cover photo featuring the band’s drummer Larry Mullen, Jr embracing his 18-year-old son, Elvis, while both are shirtless.