“A mobile game about giving “Barbie” plastic surgery has been removed from iTunes and Google Play after a Twitter user launched a campaign to remove it,” Sydney Lupkin reports for ABC News. “”
“The game features an overweight cartoon blonde woman who looks like a heavier version of Mattel’s Barbie doll, but Mattel told ABCNews.com it did not make or approve of the app,” Lupkin reports. “According to the iTunes page, the app was developed by ‘corina rodriguez.’ Her other apps include ‘Beauty Nurse Makeover,’ ‘Hair Salon for Justin Version’ (which includes a likeness of Justin Bieber), ‘Santa Eye Doctor’ and ‘Barbie Dentist.'”
Lupkin reports, “The description of the now-deleted plastic surgery app read as follows: ‘This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful. We’ll need to make small cuts on problem areas and suck out the extra fat. Will you operate her [sic], doctor?'”
“On Tuesday, Everyday Sexism, a volunteer project that asks women to submit their experiences with sexism in the ‘modern’ world and has received 50,000 entries since April 2012, got a tip about the iTunes game app, and found that Google Play had a similar game,” Lupkin reports. “So the @EverydaySexism Twitter account launched a campaign to get the app removed, broadcasting the message to more than 117,000 Twitter followers… iTunes and Google Play have since deleted the Barbie plastic surgery games and a knockoff ‘Barbara’ plastic surgery game.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: How did these apps ever get approved by Apple in the first place?
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]