In May 2009, shortly after receiving extremely bad press in regards to the Baby Shaker application, Apple rejected an iPhone app called Me So Holy. The app would have enabled users to superimpose their faces on images of religious figures like Jesus, the Pope, Mother Teresa and others. Me So Holy was rejected based on Section 3.3.12 of the iPhone SDK agreement …
“Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind … that in Apple’s reasonable judgment may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod Touch users.”
LMAO … boy how times have changed! Doing a 180 reversal on their previous “No Religious Humor” policy, Apple has approved the first app which uses Jesus outside of serious religious context … Jesus Jump.
From the makers of such fine applications such as Fail Tattoos, Justin Bieber Fashion and Banned Wedding Portraits … Jesus Jump is yet another Doodle Jump-like game staring Jesus as the main character. The game’s objective is simple, help Jesus bounce his way into Heaven. Per the app’s description …
On the third day, Jesus resurrected and floated into the sky to his kingdom in Heaven.
Now you can help Jesus get to heaven! Tilt your iPhone/iPod/iPad left or right to move Jesus through the clouds. While making his way to Heaven, you can find bonus items to achieve a higher score! Don’t let Jesus fall or the game is over!
So now that it’s clear (we use the term loosely – with Apple nothing is clear) religious humor is no longer considered blasphemy or offensive by Apple … does this mean the return of Me So Holy and a wave of other divine parodies? Only time will tell WWSJD?