A set of apps that essentially made putting on black face mobile have been yanked from the Google Play store, thanks in large part to the efforts of a local writer and speaker.
Seattle's Eugene Cho wasn't the first activist to call out the "Make me Asian" and "Make me Indian" apps as patently racist, but his impassioned blog post about them is credited with raising the fever pitch that led Google to stop offering the apps on its online store yesterday.
For a second, just imagine if this was a "Make Me Black" app? The world would go crazy as they should. That would be damn racist! But oh with Asians - hee hee. Those passive, quiet, and docile Asians...hee hee.
Or imagine if there was a "Make me Indian" app? Think I'm stretching too far here? Nope: the app is already there.
The Make me Asian app self-describes itself as:
Have you ever wondered to present himself as a person of another nationality? You can imagine, for example, Chinese or Japanese? No? Then immediately take your phone and download it amazing Android-application called «Make me Asian».
This is just a fun app lets you indulge you and your friends! You can for a few seconds to make himself a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asian
Someone please punch me in the face. Really? Are you serious?
As NPR first reported, as of yesterday, all of the apps created by "KimberyDeiss" - which kind of sounds like someone saying "Kimberly" in a mocking Asian accent - have been taken down. That included the Make Me Asian and Make Me Indian apps, as well as Make Me Russian/Fat/Frankenstein apps as well.
Google hasn't said whether the apps were pulled in response to the outrage, which included a Change.org petition with almost 9,000 signatures.