Censorship sucks! Especially when it is for no reason at all!
This summer, I decided to enter the “new wave” and have “Happy Endings?” enter the Ipad/Iphone application market. I contacted Stonehenge Productions and developed an app for both devices.
The FREE app included trailers, reviews, an in app purchase of the film, wikipedia links, and information for the viewer to reach out if they needed help if they were victims of human trafficking. The app was truly a social activism app.
Stonehenge has build many of these apps for independent films, and never has had one denied. Until now.
Apple has denied publication of the Happy Endings? app, and no reason was given. I have contacted Apple, and received no response. The following letter was sent:
Dear Mr. Lammerding,
I am contacting you regarding your recent denial for the iphone and ipad app for the film “Happy Endings?” App # 460056533.
I understand that Apple does not want pornography on the app store, but this film is not a pornographic film. This is a documentary that covers both prostitution and human trafficking. Human trafficking is a very important issue, and within this app, people will be able to get help if they are victims. This app includes “Resources” for those who need help.
This film does not take a position, and is neutral on the subject of prostitution. I can only assume that Apple does not have a position on prostitution either, seeing that there are two TV shows available on ipads and iphones that are on the topic of prostitution. “Hung” is a fiction show, and “Cat House” is a reality show. Both shows are shows based on prostitution and available on HBO Go.
This film has not been controversial, and I do not believe that it will bring controversy to the app store. The film has been shown at community centers and museums. I have even been invited and presented this film to college students.
“Happy Endings?” is also being sold on Amazon.com and been streaming on Video On Demand for over a year without one complaint. The Video On Demand site even allows the viewer to watch the first few minutes for free before purchasing the film.
The trailer has over 340,000 hits on youtube.
This app should be approved with a 17+ rating.
Please let me know why you have denied this application, and if there a possibility I can resubmit the app for approval with changes?
I look forward to hearing from you.
P.S. I am a big Apple fan, a user since the 90’s. The first computer I bought with my own money was a Mac. This film and all of the films I have ever made have been made on a Mac :)