Google takes down ‘racist’ app

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ASIAN STYLED? The Make Me Asian app gathers public outcry and is taken down. Screen Shot from

Google has taken down a “Make me Asian” app on the Google Play store after public outcry against its continued stay. The app first gained public attention after the author of the Angry Asian Man blog brought attention to it in November 2012. Made by Google Play user KimberyDeiss, the Make Me Asian app is a picture-altering app for Android devices. After putting up a picture of your face for editing on the app, the user can add stereotypical asian features or props to capture a stereotypical Asian look. The author also appeared to have made similar apps, such as Make me Russian,” “Make me fat,” and “Make me Irish.” As of this writing, the KimberyDeiss account on Google Play no longer exists. Peter Chin, a pastor from Washington, D.C., started a petition on against the “Make me Asian” and “Make me Indian” apps that helped bring eyes on the issue of perpetuating racist stereotypes.

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