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@Google: Remove the racist "Make Me Asian" & "Make Me Indian" apps from @GooglePlay
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@Google: Remove the racist "Make Me Asian" & "Make Me Indian" apps from @GooglePlay

    1. Peter Chin
    2. Petition by

      Peter Chin

      Seattle, WA

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January 2013

Victory

"I'm deeply thankful to the nearly 10,000 who who signed this Change.org petition to take down these apps. I am also grateful for Google, who heard our outrage and pulled the apps. This may seem like a small victory, but it made an important statement: that minorities will not simply accept dated and offensive stereotypes that are wrongly foisted upon them. We stood up, our voices were heard, and something changed. I hope that our society will take notice and realize that previously voiceless communities will not remain silent any longer."

Google's motto is "Don't Be Evil", which makes it difficult to fathom why they carry the "Make Me Asian" and "Make Me Indian" apps by KimberyDeiss on their Google Play Store.  These apps overlay dated and racist stereotypes onto your photos: rice paddy hat, fu manchu mustache, slanty eyes and yellow skin - and voila, digital yellowface!  Or you can pretend to be a Native American by slapping your picture with war paint, feather, and broadened nose, because we all know that that is all that it takes to represent "Indians".  This is not what it means to be Asian or Native American - these are nothing less than hateful and offensive stereotypes that are used to this very day to marginalize and humiliate people.  They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard in the treatment of certain minority groups.  Blackface (dressing up as a caricature of a black person, complete with black makeup) is thankfully and rightfully recognized as thoroughly racist, so why in the world is "yellowface" and "redface" given a pass?  Google has tried to defend itself in this matter by stating they are not responsible for the content of apps because Android is open source.  But the fact is that Google Play is NOT open source, but a branded store from which Google derives profit and has removed other racist apps, such as a Nazi app in August of 2010.  By choosing to allow these apps to proliferate on their branded Google Play store, they are implicitly normalizing these characterizations. THESE APPS NEED TO COME DOWN NOW.  And here's what you can do:

Go here and flag both apps as inappropriate directly on the Google Play site, preferably from an Android device. The apps are named "Make Me Asian" and "Make Me Indian", the developer name is KimberyDeiss, and the urls are respectively, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.makemeasian&hl=en and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.makemeindian&hl=en

If you have Twitter, tweet this out: @ericschmidt Take the racist Make Me Asian and Make Me Indian apps off @googleplay NOW! #makemeasian https://www.change.org/petitions/google-remove-the-racist-make-me-asian-app-from-the-google-play-store

There is a partner petition by our friends at 18 Million Rising that we encourage you to sign as well.

To:
Google, Google Play
Remove the racist "Make Me Asian" and "Make Me Indian" apps from the Google Play store. They are racist and perpetuate false and offensive stereotypes that are hurtful to both Asian and Native American communities.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • K L CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because we live in the 21st Century

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    • Hai Tran MARINA DEL REY, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is blatantly racist, insensitive and disrespectful of so many cultures, I don't even know where to begin.

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    • Brian Lev SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      My family, through adoption and marriage, includes representatives of all major racial groups. We don't use stupid, hurtful & offensive stereotypes based on 18th century beliefs, and neither does anyone else.

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    • Ko Chang LEAWOOD, KS
      • over 1 year ago

      It is not funny, it is racist.

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    • Grace Piatt PORT TOWNSEND, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm from China and I grew up in the USA and things like this are ignorant and offensive to me and I've been dealing with things like this my whole life and I'm 18 now and I know ill have to deal with this for the rest of my life and the less the better.

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