The New Yorker‘s Steve Jobs Cover: Heavenly Or Disrespectful?
3:45 pm, October 8th, 2011
Next week will see a number of magazine covers honoring the Apple co-founder, but one in particular has generated some controversy.
The New Yorker will print a cover depicting Jobs, in his famous black turtleneck, arriving at Heaven’s “pearly gates,” where St. Peter is shown checking an iPad.
The problem is that Jobs wasn’t Christian – he was Buddhist.
Some observers are pointing out that while the illustration is meant to be flattering to Jobs (by suggesting that his life was both “good” and massively influential), it’s an insult to his personal spiritual convictions.
In their view, it’s disrespectful to commemorate Jobs’ life by portraying him with images antithetical to his beliefs about the afterlife.
The cover’s defenders argue that it’s just a humorous illustration intended to honor the tech giant and shouldn’t be examined too seriously for meaning.
What do you think?
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