Apple Sued For Porn Addiction: Man Says MacBook Cost His Marriage And Kids

on July 15 2013 11:15 AM
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Chris Sevier, a 36-year-old man from Tennessee, got so addicted to porn videos that his wife took his children and left him. Now he has sued Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), saying the Cupertino, Calif.-based company failed to install any filter in its devices to prevent his affliction.

In a 50-page complaint, Sevier calls Apple a “silent poisoner” responsible for the proliferation of “arousal addiction, sex trafficking, prostitution and countless numbers of destroyed lives.” Sevier is seeking damages from Apple but said he will drop the lawsuit if Apple agrees to sell devices with a “safe mode.”

Sevier claims that his addiction started when he “accidentally” replaced the “a-c-e” in Facebook with a “u-c-k.” Sevier said this F***book site “appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male” and he started to prefer the images on the screen to his own wife.

“His wife abducted his son and disappeared, which was a subsequent consequence of Apple’s decision to sell its computers not on ‘safe mode,’” Sevier argued, adding that until he got the MacBook, he had never seen porn of any kind or been to a strip club or sex shop. “The Plaintiff became depressed and despondent, unable to work as a result of observing porn on his MacBook and the impact it caused.”

The lengthy description also blames Apple for helping to put old-fashioned sex shops out of business, ignoring the irony of several thousand other words describing the destructive effect porn has on people and societies. Sevier also compared porn, at various points, to cigarettes, weapons, alcohol and cocaine.

Sevier even took some time to remember the "good old days" of America in the 1950s, before things like the Internet and the ACLU created homosexuality, sex trafficking and prostitution. Apple, apparently, is responsible for turning people away from “the unquenchable reality that God is real.”

“Man has a spiritual side to him,” Sevier said. “Porn poisons the spiritual side of man.”

Perhaps the strangest part of the lawsuit comes at the very beginning, where Sevier includes a YouTube link to an edit of Zedd’s “Shave It Up” he made with his electronic music project, Ghost Wars. Sevier said the edit, called “The Demise of Guys,” a reference to a Phillip Zimbardo book, summarizes the facts of the lawsuit. Sevier even requested that Apple employ Zimbardo, a Stanford psychologist, to write the notice consumers are required to read in order to remove the porn filter.

The lawsuit makes other claims ranging from strange to silly, and they can all be found here.

Should Apple be required to make “safe mode” the default setting on all devices? Could this whole lawsuit be an elaborate marketing ploy for Sevier's band? Let us know in the comments. 

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