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Russian man suing Apple for ‘turning him gay’

'I have a steady boyfriend and I don’t know how to explain it to my parents.'


Mikael Thalen

Internet Culture

Published Oct 3, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 2:17 am CDT

A Russian man is suing Apple over a message sent to his iPhone that he says turned him gay, the Moscow Times reports.

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The lawsuit’s plaintiff, identified as D. Razumilov, claims that the message came to his phone in 2017 after downloading a cryptocurrency app.

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Razumilov says the app sent him 69 units of a cryptocurrency known as GayCoin alongside a message that said, “don’t judge without trying.”

Razumilov’s complaint, published by Russian radio station Govorit Moskova, argued that the message pushed him to become gay.

“I thought, indeed, how can I judge something without trying it? And decided to try same-sex relationships,” Razumilov said.

The plaintiff further writes that just two months after receiving the message, he found himself “mired in intimacy with a member of my own sex.”

“I have a steady boyfriend and I don’t know how to explain it to my parents,” Razumilov said. “After receiving the aforementioned message, my life has changed for the worse and will never be normal again.”

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Razumilov says Apple is responsible for “manipulatively pushing me toward homosexuality” and is demanding 1 million rubles ($15,300) for “moral suffering” and harm to his mental health.

A court date has been set for Oct. 17, where Razumilov will be allowed to argue his case, regardless of how absurd it seems.


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H/T the Moscow Times

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*First Published: Oct 3, 2019, 2:26 pm CDT