*[UPDATE] Well, lookie here. We did it.
As of January 17, 2012, the ‘Make Me Asian’ app is no longer available on the Google Play Store. And thankfully, so are the other offensive apps created by the same person. According to the NPR blog:
“Make Me Asian,” a smartphone app that drew the ire of Asian-American activists for what they say are stereotypical depictions, is no longer available on the Google Play Store.
The “Make Me Asian” app let users alter photos to turn faces into stereotypical Asian caricatures —- think Fu Manchu-style mustaches and rice paddy hats. Its creator, “KimberyDeiss,” developed similar apps, like Make Me Indian, Make Me Russian, Make Me Frankenstein and Make Me Fat. Those apps are no longer available, either, and KimberyDeiss’s Google Play profile has been deleted.
I want to sincerely thank everyone who read my initial blog post, engaged it (whether you agreed with it or not), and chose to act by signing the petition on change.org. Special props to Peter Chin for bringing it to my attention and initiating the petition.
Again and again, people often respond with “Aren’t there more important things to fight for?”
Absolutely, there is. There are. Always. But it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t pursue these convictions too.
Let me calm myself first. [Breathe in. Breathe out.]
There are a lot of other words I can say right now but let me refrain from the choice words and spell it out with other words.
What in the Hades is this? Have you heard about this “Make Me Asian” app on the Google Play Store?
- Who in the hell made this?
- Why did Google allow this to get through their application and filter process?
This is racist. Blatantly racist. Like crazy racist.
But then, why is this allowed to even happen? Again?
For a second, just imagine if this was a “Make Me Black” app? The world would go crazy as they should. That would be damn racist! But oh with Asians – hee hee. Those passive, quiet, and docile Asians…hee hee.
Or imagine if there was a “Make me Indian” app? Think I’m stretching too far here? Nope: the app is already there.
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