Reinstate Bad Hombre
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Apple removed my game from the App Store for no good reason. It had:
- Gone through three separate approval processes;
- Been available on the App Store for over a year;
- Achieved hundreds and hundreds of downloads;
- Earned nothing but positive reviews;
- Won awards; and
- Generated money that was donated to a good cause.
I have contacted Apple numerous times, but the people there won’t listen. I even wrote an email to the CEO (see below). Nothing has worked.
I am starting this petition to gain support to reinstate my game. It is available on Android, but that still shuts out a huge part of the market.
Even if you support the President, whom the game clearly ridicules, don’t you also support free enterprise? Let’s let the market decide what products achieve success or failure. Stop the censorship, Apple!
SIGN MY PETITION AND GIVE BAD HOMBRE BACK TO THE PEOPLE
My letter to Apple executives
Dear Mr. Cook and Mr. Schiller:
XXXXXXXXX suggested I contact you. My name is Jackie. I am a seventeen-year-old girl growing up in Trump’s America, and I’m also a coder. You can read my story here. Over the past two years, I built a gaming app called Bad Hombre.
The purpose of the app is to fight the lies and intolerance that have been pulling our country apart. I’m very proud of what I have produced. The game is meant to entertain but also to educate. It helps people find sources of factual information and discover nonprofit organizations that fight hate and encourage social tolerance. It also pokes fun at our president, which isn’t against the law (at least, not yet).
The game was first published on the App Store in December 2017. Since that time, it has garnered over a dozen reviews, with an average rating of 4.9 stars. It was awarded a gold medal at the Third Annual Shorty Social Good Awards in November 2018. It was endorsed by leading social activist Amy Siskind. And it was downloaded hundreds of times. Combined with the Android downloads it generated, I was able to donate $1000 in profits to the Southern Poverty Law Center last year. In case you are unaware, the SPLC has been leading the fight against hate groups, more specifically the KKK, for over 50 years. SPLC employees loved the app as well.
Last month, Bad Hombre was abruptly removed from the App Store. It has taken me over a month to find out why, and what I have learned is that Apple finds the name of my app, and some of its content, “offensive.” I was told that the phrase “bad hombre” has been used in the past by a political candidate to describe all people from Mexico. But I already knew that. That’s why I used that name in the first place. I agree with Apple. It was a completely inappropriate and offensive remark from our president, like so many of his remarks. However, the way I wield it, 'bad hombre' incites people power to rise up rather than be pushed down. The name is not used in an offensive way in my game.
We, the people of this country, need to step forward and meet bigotry and lies with acceptance and truth. Bad Hombre was my small way of doing that. After all my programming classes, and all of my time with xcode and java, I finally felt like I was making a difference.
I sincerely hope that Apple will revisit its decision against my app and reinstate it on the App Store.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
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