Apple App Store rejects pro-Trump ‘Build the Wall’ game over ‘Pepe The Frog’ cartoon

Build the Wall: The Game, an iPhone game created by pro-Trump internet personality Baked Alaska, has been rejected from the Apple App Store for including a cameo by Pepe the Frog,” Charlie Nash reports for Breitbart tech. “‘I had a free game coming out on iOS today for y’all, but Apple has banned it’s release due to a cartoon picture of Pepe The Frog #FreePepe,’ announced Alaska (real name Timothy Treadstone) on Twitter along with a screenshot of the game and Apple’s response on Wednesday.”

“‘Your app includes content that many users would find objectionable and offensive,’ claimed Apple in their rejection letter of the game, which is currently available for free on the Google Play store. ‘Specifically, your app includes Pepe the Frog character,'” Nash reports. “‘It’s just a fun little game where you are building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants, and as the illegal immigrants climb over the wall there’s a timer, and if you run out of time you’re out’ explained Treadstone in an interview with Breitbart Tech. ‘Your quest is to build the highest wall.'”

https://twitter.com/bakedalaska/status/788541235757580289

“‘The hypocrisy of it is there’s dozens of Pepe the Frog apps already out on the App Store, and these are Pepe the Frog-based apps where Pepe is the icon. We merely had a cameo of Pepe,’ Treadstone continued. ‘We get banned because it’s a pro-Trump app, but you can have an app only about Pepe and that’s not offensive,'” Nash reports. “In July, Apple’s App Store also rejected a satirical game based on the Hillary Clinton email servers scandal. Apple branded the game as ‘offensive’ and ‘objectionable’ before reversing their decision following a report at Breitbart.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Poor Pepe. Our hearts weep.

(Interns, if that keg isn’t tapped by now… That’s right, it’s five o’clock somewhere! Some people run on Dunkin. We run on dunkel. Even more so as this election year proceeds.)

SEE ALSO:
Apple CEO Tim Cook was on early list of potential VP candidates for Hillary Clinton campaign – October 18, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook and the rest of Silicon Valley throw big money at Clinton and pretty much bupkis at Trump – August 23, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook to host Hillary Clinton fundraiser – July 29, 2016
Apple App Store rejects satirical Hillary Clinton game, despite offering dozens of anti-Trump games – July 27, 2016

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

57 Comments

  1. Apple’s rejection criteria are wildly inconsistent and appear to be highly subjective. You cannot use the argument that other apps currently in the app store more flagrantly abuse the same copyright. The official response I received was, it doesn’t matter if 1000 similar apps in the app store break , YOUR app appears to use similar imagery to “” and so is rejected. The decision was upheld upon multiple appeals.

    1. Yes, it is good that all the big German companies didn’t get involved in politics in the 1930’s. They just went along with whoever was pushing whatever agenda. If Donald Trump wants to make America White Again, then Apple should sit on the sidelines and even maybe help kick out anyone that is not a white male citizen unless they belong to a union or the wrong religion.

      1. My view is that its not Apple who should do that… its not their place as a company.
        every individual though can voice their opinion and place their vote.

        1. You forget that the dumbass Conservatives on the Supreme Court ruled that Corporations are People – and people can have opinions – so Apple can have an opinion. Like it or not, stupid decisions have consequences.

            1. I’m aswering sarcasm with sarcasm. Nobody needs permission from anybody. Everybody has the right to comment as anybody wants. And everybody have every right to comment on whatever I or anyone posts.

              And no, I don’t like Botty because he’s been a rude idiot to me and many people in this forum. He often acts like a troll and he’s never been able to provide a smart answer to anything. And sure, the feeling must be mutual.

              But regardless, I would defend to death his right to keep posting his opinion, as much as I dislike and disagree with him.

            2. “He often acts like a troll and he’s never been able to provide a smart answer to anything.”

              I guess you flunked grammar class by using absolutes. Wow, are you clueless.

              And your sarcasm excuse was just that — an excuse no believes.

            3. Well, allow me to retort.

              First, let’s correct the absolutes (where I will grant you are correct, and will correct myself):

              He has never been able to proveide a smart answer to anything POSTED IN THIS FORUM.

              Better now? It’s not absolute anymore. It’s constrained to the current forum.

              Speaking of absolutes: “an excuse no believes”…. makes you too a grammar champion. Shouldn’t that be “and excuse no one believes”?

              Oh, also, wouldn’t that also be an absolute? Because, if no one believes it, that sounds like there are no exceptions, or no cases where someone would believe it. That looks like an absolute to me.

              Man, who’s more clueless? The clueless guy, or the clueless guy who calls another guy that he’s clueless?

              Let’s leave it there. This is not worth my time. And I’n sure it’s not worth yours.

              Let’s call it a stalemate. Would you agree?

            4. “He has never been able to proveide a smart answer to anything POSTED IN THIS FORUM.”

              Provide.

              You just can’t rid yourself of absolute statements.

              Botty is much more intelligent, witty and smarter than you.

              Your partisan HATE blinds you.

              So sorry.

            5. Where in my post I mention anything about political parties????

              And yes, I had a typo….

              And you mention nothing about your own absolutes….

              It’s like talking to a rock. Do you want to believe I’m dumb? Please do. I don’t know Botty in person. I think everything he writes… oh, excuse me, I will allow absolutes… everything Ihe wrote that I’ve read is nothing but pure garbage. I see no intelligence there.

              Now, one man’s opinion doesn’t make the man smarter.

              Maybe I’m the stupid one and you are the smart one. Because you see it that way, and I see it another way. So… since only one of us can be right, and we will never agree, let’s leave it there.

      1. I prefer Linux. My next phone will probably be an Ubuntu phone made by either Meizu, BQ, or whoever else is making Ubuntu phones by then. But I don’t know about macOS. I’d like to stay, but I don’t like what Apple’s doing with the hardware. I know Apple has always been proprietary, but they were never this proprietary. They started getting really proprietary in 2012 with the Retina MacBook Pros and then in 2013 with the new Mac Pros.

        1. Yes, when Apple under Clueless Cook drove Steve’s truck off the road into the ditch with closed and soldered computers. They need to reverse this historic mistake.

  2. Only one candidate is not beholden to Wall Street, multinationals, and the special interests: Donald Trump.

    Hillary Clinton is bought and paid for and has been for decades.

    The Trump Plan will retain the existing capital gains rate structure (maximum rate of 20 percent) with tax brackets shown above. Carried interest will be taxed as ordinary income.

    That is why the Wall Street-, multinational-, and Soros-owned Hillary Clinton is getting massive assistance from the mainstream media (also owned by the establishment) – they want their carried interest deductions to continue.

    1. You’re not convincing anyone here. As you have seen, the voters of the US of A are smarter than you give them credit for and they have already made up their minds. Please go peddle you political crap on a Fox website.

            1. I read it before commenting. It’s pie in the sky wishful thinking at best, complete denial of reality at worst. Outside of your little Right-Wing Echo Chamber and the most rural of rural areas Trump just isn’t seen as credible.

              BTW, where does this “Trump has at least an 87% chance of winning” BS come from? Not that article.

            2. It’s funny to hear a leftist talking about an echo chamber. Our culture is soaked and consumed with progressive leftism, it’s not possible for a “right wing echo chamber” to exist. Those on the right are exposed to both sides of the spectrum. Those on the left are living in the mass-media-wide echo chamber, unless they take the effort to see things from another perspective. Most don’t and prefer to condescendingly spit on everyone else while furthering their lies. Whether or not Trump wins, you won’t be safe from the crowds with torches and pitchforks.

            3. That’s your perception, but one I disagree with. You only have to spend a few minutes reading comment boards on the Internet to see there are millions of people out there that living in a Right-Wing bubble. They repeat misconceptions and outright distortions at each other, over and over again until they utterly believe it. “Obama’s a Kenyan”, “The Government forces your kids to become gay”, “They’re going to take our guns”, “Muslims are ALL evil terrorists” etc.

              That’s your Right-Wing Echo Chamber. It’s another perspective, but one built mostly on ignorance.

            4. Obama’s own publisher called him Kenyan to promote himself as a speaker. The government does propagandize for homosexuality. Islam is an evil religion that promotes anti-semitism, slavery and violence. People may say extreme-sounding things, but they’re based on facts. Don’t compare message boards to all of the major broadcast networks, newspapers, magazines and social media sites, which are ALL globalist-progressive. Yes even FOX News is on the same team as CNN and the New York Times.

        1. You should take your meds.
          Drumpf is likely to get his ass whipped and the GOP is likely to lose the Senate. Thanks to Republican Gerrymandering they are likely to retain the House, but with a narrower margin.
          If voter turnout is high it will be better for Democrats and if it is lower it will be better for the Republicans.

        1. Of course he is. Because Hillary is the better of the two options on offer despite her many many faults.

          It’s about time you realised that your candidate is that bad. The GOP only needed to put someone electable up and this election was theirs for the taking. Instead the Tea Party types who have infested (yes, infested) the Republicans have put Hillary into the Oval Office. Well done them eh?

          1. What a stupid reply.

            Nobody’s freedom on this forum requires your permission or approval.

            Cook needs to go or be reassigned duties, the magic and “it just works” is long gone.

            1. It looks like those “dumb and corrupt Dems” only need to sit back now and watch the GOP suffer a major self-inflicted electoral kicking.

              You might want to think about the reasons for that.

            2. Well, if the corrupt Dems win they have gamed the system.

              And we all know the media, Hollywood, teachers and unions are working overtime in the Dems corner.

              So if they sadly win, it’s not because they are pure as the driven snow.

              Right now, the party of people at one time is the party of the CORRUPT and CONNECTED (Clinton Foundation).

              Make American Great Again — DT!

    2. What’s going to happen to your moniker after the election? First bullshit, then more bullshit.

      Your side might go down in historic flames because even the deplorables think you’re wrong.

  3. Pepe the Frog is well known to have been adopted as a symbol by the alt-right. The alt-right organized around precepts and values that are against the broad multi-cultural view that is widely accepted and in the mainstream through most of the US and developed world.

    The inclusion of that symbol in a thinly dusguised game to promote the Drumpf Campaign. Apple was right in rejecting it. If you do not like Apple’s decision, do the free market thing and go buy an Android or Windows phone. Apple is a private sector company and nobody is making you buy their stuff.

  4. I Guess We Need To Talk About Pepe The Frog

    …Later, observers began noticing an increase in white supremacist themes in Pepe images — or a rise in Pepe usage by white supremacist accounts. Either way, an association was building.

    This May, an “anonymous white nationalist” told The Daily Beast that the shift was intentional: a dedicated campaign to “reclaim Pepe from normies,” or members of the mainstream, by making Pepe so culturally unacceptable that only the fringe Internet would dare to use him.

    Donald Trump had earlier tweeted an image of Pepe-as-Trump, and then his son posted an image on Instagram that included Pepe.

  5. Can’t wait until the election is over and the landslide Hillary captured that the GOP will finally cut ties with the ignorant and racist constituency it has built up over the past decade and a half. Trump will singlehandly turn red states blue after this.
    The party of stupid has to make a wide turn or die off with all the party senile elderly it clings to as it’s base.

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