“Make Me Asian” and “Make Me Indian” Apps Removed by Google for Racist Motives

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  • 19 Jan 2013
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  • I’m sure you know that as the Google Play Store number of apps increases so does the possibility of users encountering all kinds of attempts from developers to make us download and install their apps. The Android community has grown a lot lately while the possibility of an app to remain undiscovered has dropped significantly.


    “Make Me Asian” and “Make Me Indian” are  two of the apps that surfaced on the Play Store back in November of last year. The two may seem innocent on a first look but for Google, judging from a whole different perspective, the two apps are nothing short of a threat to the anti-racist ideals. That and the fact that the Asian community has sent complains about the apps made Google remove them from the Store.

    As the naming suggests, the “Make Me…” apps allowed users to take pictures of themselves and give themselves stereotypical Asian or Indian characteristics. One could adjust the skin tone, or even paste a “fu manchu” mustache and other detail of the sort. Previously the same develper had on offer other less controversial apps like Make Me Bald” and “Make Me Old” – also currently unavailable for download.

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