Google has removed a "Make Me Asian" app -- that let players change their appearance -- following an uproar by Asian American activists who said the game promoted derogatory stereotypes.
As of Thursday, "Make Me Asian" and similar apps such as "Make Me Fat" and "Make Me (American) Indian" were no longer available on the search engine giant`s online store Google Play.
"Make Me Asian" had billed itself as allowing a person to "make himself a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asian." The user was able to add features to a person`s picture, such as a conical hat or a Fu Manchu moustache.
Nearly 8,500 people signed a petition on the social action site change.org urging Google to remove the app after the blog Angry Asian Man in November drew attention to it, calling it "ridiculously racist".
Peter Chin, the Washington pastor who launched the petition, said he was concerned that stereotypes offensive to Asian Americans would become more mainstream if distributed through Google Play.
"I understand if people still use those characterizations, but I don`t feel comfortable with them becoming commonplace. That would really, I think, be going backwards for the Asian American community," he told.
BdST 1847 HRS, JAN 20, 2013
Edited by: Sabbin Hasan, ICT Editor
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