Truth & Rumors: Apple says no to Tiger cartoon app on iPhone

Truth & Rumors: Apple says no to Tiger cartoon app on iPhone

Deadspin reports that cartoonist Daryl Cagle's Tiger Woods editorial cartoons app was rejected by Apple because it ridicules a public figure. In light of the plethora of Woods' sex-scandal-related press coverage over the past six months, the fact that anyone would shy away from Tiger-driven exposure might raise some eyebrows. But according a letter from Apple, the app, which is designed to collate recent editorial cartoons about the four-time Masters winner, violates iPhone license agreements:

"Thank you for submitting Tiger Woods Cartoons to the App Store. We've reviewed Tiger Woods Cartoons and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because it contains content that ridicules public figures and is in violation of Section 3.3.17 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement which states:
"Applications may be rejected if they contain content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, sounds, etc.) that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory."

My take: Regardless of Section 3.3.17, Apple is trying to take the high road on a lowbrow subject. Though normally I'd agree with the strategy, in this case I'd rather see the app approved. If it weren't for "ridiculing" public figures, there wouldn't be any late night TV. Watson's Secrets Revealed According to Jerry Potter of USA Today, five-time British Open Champion Tom Watson focuses on the fundamentals in his new two-disc DVD set, released through his website, Evidently the 60-year-old pro does let viewers in on one actual "secret," but the videos mostly focus on the basics, which he credits for his own success:

"When Ben Hogan wrote his book," Watson said Monday, "it was a small book. He basically said, 'This is how you do it. You have to start with the fundamentals.'"

Watson credits Hogan's Five Lessons, which was originally published more than 50 years ago in Sports Illustrated, for helping to shape his swing, which has held up for almost that long. The DVD set was produced by seven-time Emmy Award winner Terry Jastrow, who produced and directed ABC's golf coverage from '74-'95.

"I spent three days in Kansas City getting his thoughts on the golf swing," Jastrow said. "He had clear ideas about what he wanted to say."

My take: There's a ton of crappy golf gizmos, DVDs, and books for sale these days. This is one that you might actually want to buy. British Open Security Not An Issue reports that British Open officials are not planning to increase security measures for Tiger Woods at St. Andrews this summer. This was not the case recently at The Masters, where tournament organizers supposedly supplied security personnel with photos of some of Tiger's gal pals. Though Tiger has not yet applied to compete in this year's 150th Anniversary Edition of the British Open, officials are prepared for his presence and evidently aren't overly concerned about the possibility of any dangerous or embarrassing incidents:

"We always act on police advice," Peter Dawson, chief executive officer of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said, "Once the situation is reviewed, I would very much doubt there would be mug shots in people's hands."
"The Masters had the problem of not knowing what to expect, if the Open Championship would have been Tiger's first event back, we'd be scratching our heads. We're very pleased not to be the guinea pigs."

My take: Regardless of what Peter Dawson says, nobody's touching Tiger at St. Andrews unless he wants to be touched