Apple yanks ‘Plastic Surgery for Barbara,’ other plastic surgery games from App Store

“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?'”

Plastic Surgery for Barbra App Store page

“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.]

22 Comments

  1. @MDN agree with you. Frankly, I was disgusted to read this article several days ago. What the heck is wrong with Apple? Do they just throw every app that comes in via a developer out on iTunes or what? What a terrible example to set for girls of all ages. Are we turning into a Stepford Wives generation? I am so sick and tired of the way women are portrayed these days. Blonde hair blue eyes, boobs like inflatable rafts so plastic looking. Everyone so obsessed. What happened to teaching girls how to be independent and focusing on intelligence. Why wasn’t there a Fat Ballmer plastic surgery app? He could sure use a hair transplant and some heavy duty lipo himself.

    1. There have been some extremely outrageous ripoff apps in the iTunes store over time. Year’s back I wrote an exposé about my favorite scam app makers, Xhumans. Thankfully, all of their crap has since been removed for the App Store.

      My general opinion of the folks working for the Mac App and iTunes App stores has never been very high. I think of them as minimum wage workers with a corresponding level of intelligence and care about the quality of their job performance. They may well be Apple at their worst.

  2. Yikes! Not a very good thing to teach little girls. I raised two girls and definitely would have frowned on this thing. How ridiculous. Kids need positive role models, not Honey Boo Boo. Wise decision to yank it.

  3. I think it’s unfortunate that this had to be removed from the app store. I really don’t see the reason to remove it. Parents should be responsible for the content on their kids devices, not Apple. This goes for purchasing apps as well.. Apple paid a settlement because parents were too stupid to monitor their accounts and leave their card information in their children’s iDevices… When are people going to take responsibility for their kids and themselves?

    1. “When are people going to take responsibility for their kids and themselves?”

      They’re not! That’s why Apple will continue to listen to customer feedback and maker course corrections as we go.

      I see children doing the stupidest things ever, making mom & dad so very proud.

    2. I must agree with you; it’s a shame this had to be removed from the App Store. There were many opportunities for someone to declare, “Putting this in the App Store is a bad idea.”
      — Apple might have said, “this is not a way to encourage positive self image in young people.”
      — The publisher might have said, “We don’t want our name associated with this poor example of computer gaming.”
      — The programmer might have thought, “Just because I can write this, is no reason to encourage young people to think surgery of this sort is a game.”

      I’m sure others can think of many, better reasons this should never have seen the light of day.

    3. jring78: Your comments remind me of the strategies that LAN administrators have to take in order to protect the system from the ‘LUSERS’, those odd people who are guaranteed to find a way to infect their computers with malware, etc. In my time I’ve seen all sorts of incredible excrement downloaded and installed onto office PCs. It’s beyond comprehension.

      OBVIOUSLY an adult has to oversee their children. Kids are GOING to explore and break everything within reach. The PARENTS have to take responsibility because the kids don’t have any coherent responsibility until THEY become adults.

      Now we see that the device manufacturers have to play the role of Daddy and Mommy because the negligent parents are going to sue the companies for NOT being Daddy and Mommy. I find it all to be incredibly surreal.

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