Sir Elton John has criticized the removal of a memorial to Steve Jobs following the coming out of Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The memorial, a six-foot-tall iPhone that doled out biographical information about Jobs' accomplishments, took photos and emitted free wi-fi, was removed earlier this month from the yard of a St. Petersburg technical university. The company that installed the monument said that it violated Russia's law prohibiting the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors.

According to a post on John's Facebook page, he spoke out during a concert in St. Petersburg, telling the crowd: “I'm not big on technology, but I love my iPad! … How dignified that St. Petersburg should erect a memorial to Steve Jobs, the remarkable founder of Apple.”

“Can this be true? Steve's memory is re-written because his successor at Apple, Tim Cook, is gay?! Does that also make iPads gay propaganda?! Is Tchaikovsky's beautiful music ‘sexually perverting’?!” he rhetorically asked.

“As a gay man, I've always felt so welcome here in Russia,” John continued. “Stories of Russian fans – men and women who fell in love dancing to 'Nikita' or their kids who sing along to 'Circle of Life' – mean the world to me. If I'm not honest about who I am, I couldn't write this music. It's not gay propaganda. It's how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose its humanity.”

John has previously criticized Russia's anti-gay law from inside its borders. Last year, he dedicated a Moscow performance to the memory of a 23-year-old man from Volgograd who was allegedly murdered for being gay.