By Sarah Edwards, CNN
(CNN) – The maker of a Google app thinks it's fun to make yourself look Asian by changing the shape of your eyes and wearing a Fu Manchu mustache and rice paddy hat.
Another app - "Make Me Indian" - makes you a Native American with brown skin, war paint and a feather headband.
“This is just a fun app (that) lets you indulge you and your friends," says the description of the "Make Me Asian" app created by user KimberyDeiss and available on Google Play.
"You can for a few seconds to make (yourself) a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asians," the description says.
Not amusing or cute, say Asian-American organizations that launched a petition to get Google to remove both apps.
The apps use dated and racist stereotypes of Asians and Native Americans, said the online campaign 18 Million Rising, named after the number of Asian-Americans in the United States.
“These racist and offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes and should not be distributed on the Google play store," said the campaign, which has an online petition to remove the apps.
Google, however, said the apps are not in violation of the company's policies that protect against hate speech.
"We don't comment on individual apps," Google said in a statement. "We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies."
KimberyDeiss makes other photo-altering apps including "Make Me Old" and "Make Me Fat." There's also "Make Me Russian" and "Make Me Irish," which play off stereotypes.
But the furor in the Asian-American community, sparked a few weeks ago, is growing. Blogs, including Angry Asian Man, have reinforced the call to remove the apps.
Washington pastor Peter Chin decided to mount an even larger protest on the website Change.org.
Chin said he understood Google's motto is "Don't be evil." That makes it hard to fathom why the company would support these apps, he said.
This is the first time Chin has protested in this way. He was prompted to act, he said, because Google refused to do so.
“Google normalizes everything from Google maps, Gmail," he said. "If you want to search for something on the Internet, you even say to 'Google it.'"
Chin feared Google's power would make people think the apps were OK.
"I wanted to make sure this app isn’t given a pass of approval," he said.
Chin said he wants Google users to know that the stereotypes in the apps have been used to marginalize and discriminate against people.
"It's not cool," he said.
CNN's Moni Basu contributed to this report.
Oh no! An app that can crudely change my likeness into a different ethnicity! The horror!
My feelings are now hurt so this app should be banned and it's creators jailed for hate crimes!
people just need to yank their head out of their behinds....there are far more serious things to worry about in this world than some silly phone app
It was explained before the down load what it does.
I can knowingly walk into a brothel and then be offended by what I see.
Delete the app and shut up.
I like to have an order of nachos before dinner. I find the term "AP" offensive
So if this app is ok, why not have an app called make black. It'll turn your hair really curly & your lips will triple in size. Probably have the option to add a lot of tattoos too!!
Bring back the Frito Bandito!!!!!
I'd buy it!
why? because being Fat , Old, a Frankenstein Monster etc are generally considered unattractive or freekish. when you apply this to another race (complete with lame, anitiquated popular stereo types like hats and foo man choo hair its appaling. this is not just an example of taking one's race and modifying it to another like someone in sudan using the app to 'make me look like a generic white guy
you didn't read too far before you commented. there is an app for a a number of different types of people.... Bunch of crybabies.... I'm Irish. Could care less there is a "make me irish app".
What kind of idiots actually use apps like this?
Me. Because of this story I just downloaded it and used it.
Boo hoo! Asian people look different than white people; it's not a "stereotype" it's a fact. I don't think anybody here would have trouble picking out an Asian person in a group of Caucasian people. Why? because they have distinct racial characteristics, unless they're ashamed of being Asian, then I guess they have a reason for being upset.
Lol @blahblahblah. What an Idiot. It's racist. This is not that difficult to see
No it's not.
Were you home-schooled? Your post sounds like someone who has never been outside, let alone outside of the USA. FWIW: there are Caucasian Asians (west Asia), Arab Asians (Middle East), Aryan Asians (Indo-Iranians in south Asia), "Oriental" Asians (Far East), etc. Guess what? They all look different. Well, they all look different to the rest of the world; to some Americans, they all look alike.
so when I say "he's an american", you immediately ask if he's mexican, brazillian, canadian, united states-ian, etc.? they are americans too because they all live in the americas. i bet you don't because the term "american" is generally accepted to mean someone from the US. the term asian is generally accepted as meaning far east asian. just life african-american is not used to refer to people with egyptian ancestry. don't be so pedantic.
@lindsey: Yet another person who has doesn't have a passport. NOBODY calls themselves "Americans" except those from the USA. To you, all "Asians" are from the Far East.
Actually Lindsey, if it feels pedantic to you it's likely because you seem to have a provincial perspective about the usage of the word "Asian". Just because many Americans wrongly assume that Asian only refers to East Asian that doesn't make it accurate. In the UK and many other countries the term also includes Indians, Pakistanis. And correctly so. The world doesn't revolve around the insular opinions of some Americans.
so they should just make an app that works in the reverse.. so what.... we look different.. why can't it be cool to see what we'd look like if we were like someone else physically? it's the libs who are making this about making fun of people not about enjoying people.. people are cool looking.. why do libs make everything negative?
I don't think its the "libs" jaan. I am almost certain its the Asians this time.
Unless you're stereotyping every Asian as a liberal. But I'm still confident enough to say Asians are not all liberals.
great point, the headline shouldn't say Asians find this offensive, many don't, saying liberals are acting offended is the factual headline. It's all divide and conquer with 'dem, the rest of us see only the human race and judge people as individuals, quite telling that this drives the libs crazy. Just keep an eye out on the emo libs and keep the guns away from 'dem and we will all be alright.
Except its not "libs" its Asians... I could say All Republican's are dumb due to your statement.. but no... that's just you.
Nope its libs, plenty of Asians are not offended but quite telling that a Eichmann like you thinks its every Asian. Only you libs are all about skin color, the so called Republicans are about skin thickness.
As an Asian-American, I have bigger things to worry about than some dumb app. Things like.... the fiscal cliff and Obamacare. Nooooooo
Nice attempt but Democrats hate facts and a white guilt lib thinks that he or she gets to speak for you. Individualism is the biggest enemy of the left, the fact that every comment from 'dem is them playing their divide and conquer confirms it.
So many are just Eichmanns, their hate is a block from logical thinking, like the fact that I'm sure that the billion plus asians in this world have not all been asked how they feel about a silly app.
I bet the same ones that don't see a problem with this are the same one's concerned about being a minority in 20 years. They don't see a problem with equality in America but yet don't want to be a minority. I wonder why?
I have no issue with this app at all.
If you are offended by it, then don't use it. And no, I'm not one of those worried about being a minority, I don't care if I'm in the majority of minority.
your name is Shane. -some white guy in iowa.
I know there are very low requirements for journalists these days, but to call this a GOOGLE APP, is a misnomer at best. It is not. This is not something that Google made. It is an App made by someone else offered on a platform made by google. it is like charging Microsoft with racism because the person developed it on a PC. Perosnally I would hate for Google to control the platform in any way like Apple is doing. Again a very poor job by CNN.
Agreed this hsould have bereader.en called an ANDROID app.... not Google. Gogle has nothing to do with it. Typical of newsies, pushing the truth to the gray line to get a reader. Too bad they weren't better journalists then they wouldn't need tag lines... people would want to read!
just downloaded the app, it suck anyways, stop crying about it, or make one about white people.
There's already one to make you Irish, so that one is already out.
Now I'm offended!!! ROFL ...my mother's maiden name was Kirkpatrick. hahahahaha
In other words, it turns you into a drunken leprechaun. Sounds good. (JUST kidding!).
Whenever someone has to resort to racial remarks or comments its pretty much a sign of some deep insecurity.
The Asian race is beautiful. Make me a Native American any time. (I am a Caucasian from Europe)
Which Asian race?
There's only one apparently...
OMG... be concerned about something besides your own tender feelings.
I'm Asian. I don't find this app offensive. Now if the app was trying to make a White or Black person to look like Asians, then I might.
If you really are Asian than you are self hater. How is it not offensive? Just remember if you were about to get hit by a train a white person will save a white person over you because your race.
Whites saying to stop being offended would be upset if a google app about looking like white Americans came out. With a straw in their mouth with options like missing teeth you can add trailers and what not. Or have the women's makeup with overdone eyeshadow and eyelashes with pink lipstick. You guys would be upset.
there is an app "make me irish".. I'm irish it doesn't bother my. Different races have different qualities, mannerisms, heritage etc. Races are not the same and I don't think we want everyone to be exactly the same do we? Humor knows no boundaries, get over it....
I'm fat. old, bald and Irish. I love these apps. they need to make them so you can mix and match though. What happens when you cross and Asian with a drunk Irisk man?
How come no one is decrying the fact that this app is so poorly designed it doesn't even make that girl really look Asian?
I guess that would be it's one redeeming value.
Society is so over-sensitive that it'd downright scary.
Amen! And so now this stupid stuff is getting the attention it so completely doesn't deserve.
Sigh...just not enough holes in the ground to put these people in?
Your part of the problem.
Ooohhh! That's a bit insensitive. I wonder how many people now downloadded the app now that the fact that it exists is postedon CNN in front of God and everyone? Before this app would have gotten no attention. Now even the asian people are probably downloadding it to see exactly how offensive it is. Good advertising CNN!
plain and simple...
If Google made an app called "Make me Black" or "Make me Mexican," their office would have been fired bombed.
They think that because they can say stuff about Asains they will keep their mouths shut...
ummm, google did not make this app........
They just sell it in their marketplace.
If you can't beat them, join them.
Seems like a lot of people crying over this one, please complain about stuff that actually matters... Try living in a third world country and see how much something like this matters to you then. Freedom of speech, cry babies.
If you don't like the app, DON'T DOWNLOAD IT!
The App is fun and interesting. Google should not remove this App.
Let's pick an easy one for those that cannot see that this is not acceptable and shows a lack of respect for whomever is the target. The next time you see a mother calling her 5 year old son a name for doing something that is inappropriate, go up to that 5 year old and call her son the same name and see what happens. Or if you have a young son or daughter that is handicapped, would you really be OK with ads making a joke of people who are handicapped? Do we like it when people of other countries make fun of Americans, even if it's in fun? To think we know better than the person that is being made fun of is complete arrogance. If you can understand this then you can understand why people in other countries think we are arrogant. And for those that don't think this is important, it kind of explains itself.
you are right. we should outlaw humor.
Or try to evolve and get a better grade of humor–leave the races out of it–have some consideration.
Kimberley Deiss should include one that is called "Make me an a..h...". When you click on, it would show what you look like if you looked like her.
What is the "H" word?
this is disgusting. google should immediately take down this app, apologize, and agree to never again to condone such an awful app. all people deserve respect and dignity no matter what race or nationality they are.
Since when is "not removing an app that doesn't violate the platform terms of service" "condoning"?
I have no personal thing against it, but how stupid were these folks. When ANYTHING is taken the wrong way or resembles an ancient stereotype, then you try to avoid it. Especially if you are wanting to make money from it, it is just plain juvenile but I dont see it as malicious, just dumb.
how much publicity did this app just get though.. how many people went and got it just to see what the hype was all about?
We should be moving out of these stereo types. It is onething to make fun of others and another thing to have fun with others.
How about a white stereotype
– Loony bin. deranged guy with guns
– Gay (Why not ?)
cause black and chinese and other races arent gay?..we dont have other race pediphiles???...you sir, are an idiot, that is all
or white women, opening their legs to anything and everyone including dogs–just show her over and over getting humped by anything living or inanimate by moaning "oh yeah, baby, yeah....LOL wonder how many white girls who find the Asian app funny would find that funny....
they just banked some cash now that everyone is complaining about it.. I need to get into the funny app biz and make sure I make something that promotes humor towards some group of thin skinned crybabies..
I don't understand why people just can't laugh at these ridiculous stereotypes...They're inaccurate and we all know it, so how are they hurtful? I really don't understand why people are so desperate to find racism in every possible situation...Laugh it off and move on with your lives...I'm German so I hear plenty of Hitler/Nazi jokes and comments, but I just laugh and continue what I'm doing because I know not Germans don't equate to Nazis and I know all Asians don't walk around with those mustaches and hats
You hear Hitler and Nazi jokes, but they don't try to equate being a German to being a Nazi, unlike this app.
Uhh yeah actually they do...When people hear I'm German, they'll make a crack like "Oh man you must really hate Jews then"...That equates to the same thing as this app...People hear German and they automatically think Nazi and in this app people hear Asian and think of that
I totally agree with you.. people take themselves way too seriously.. its just humor.. thats all.. now if they would have called the app something that had a very hard derog name then I would understand but this is just another senseless "lets make everyone feel sorry for me".. totally awful..
Why not "make yourself Black or make yourself white?" It is offensive and should be pulled.
Because making someone appear Asian is offensive to Asians, making someone appear African American is an insult to that person
Be careful your racism is showing; after all its equally insulting to want to make your self white.
I want a Make Me Dark Face app. CNN & Google, you outta be ashamed of yourself for standing up to Obama then and calling everyone else racist against blacks.
I have no idea what this comment means.
Note that Google didn't create this app, some random user did.
We should make one that makes whites look like Hitler. That would be funny too, since everyone is too sensitive and needs thicker skin, right?
You sound more racists than Google son.
Make everyone Hitler – wouldnt bother me a whit.
Well, it did bother you enough to reply to him. I would say you were upset to a certain degree, therefore you just proved his argument correct.
kinda frustrating when your trying to offend people and it doesn't work right?
i'm not sure replying equates to upset. otherwise when someone says hello to you .. you would only reply back if you were upset about it to a certain degree.
How about "make me white" complete with a gun and a membership card to the KKK, complete with a white hood and bed sheet? All whites belong to the KKK, and even if they don't, it's OK to perpetuate the white stereotype that whites are violent, racist people who kill non-whites, right? It's just funny, right? If I offend, don't read this comment.
You iz ingnit fool.
Nah, bro..it's just funny. Making fun of stereotypes!
Wouldnt bother me – I know who I am.
LOL it might bother you if due to the racist app everyone began reacting, treating and talking about you as if YOU are a racist due to the app..how do you think racism was perpetuated? Through cartoons and stereotypes with the lazy and ignorant of the dominant race buying into and BELIEVING the stereotypes and it continues to this day
i'm sure a louder uproar would be heard from other groups then whites. Blacks would probably take more offense to it for promoting the kkk.
If whites were denigrated, all depicted as racist bullies and the rest of the world began talking about and perceiving them as such–they would have a fit–similar to the fit Republicans have about begin depicted as racists–they lament it and whine about how blacks are supporting the wrong party and how Lincoln was a Republican and so was MLK–so stereotypes DO hurt (cost the GOP an election) and being labeled and perceived a certain way DOES change how people see others–THAT is what a racist does not get–the bullying nature of their act and the long term and lasting consequences to individuals for that act–Asians have gone mainstream and want to be respected–this app respects no one–and if this is what is passing for humor –maybe whites need to find a higher form of humor or also accept themselves being perceived as eternal racists.
Hmm? Your attempted insulting description is just an average day on the CNN boards. What's your point, really?
Better yet, make the "KKK" backwards on the cap!
Most Asians couldn't care less about the app. Asians succeed as a group because they mind their business and don't pay attention to the mindless racial arguments people engage in. Prejudice and discrimination exist everywhere in the world. Just put your head down and do what's best for yourself and your family. That's all that matters.
You idiot. Most Asian Americans speak perfect English, have post-graduate degrees, live in big houses, make tons of money, and are probably your managers or your bosses. Go hide behind your neolithic racist demagoguery, which is the only way you can feel superior to another human being.
"Go hide behind your neolithic racist demagoguery, which is the only way you can feel superior to another human being."
Racist Much ?
So, calling someone a racist makes you a racist? You would have had a ball back in the 60s
Google would not dare offer an ap "make be Black" using thick lips, nappy hair and black face. This Asian thing is no diferent. That is the point the Asians are trying to make -stereotyping Asians or Native Americans is no diferent than stereotyping Blacks.
google didn't make this app ... anyone can submit apps to android app store
Really?.... Seriously!.... Who cares. It's a free country, if you don't like it, don't expose your self to it. Likely less than one percent of America even owns the app...
To the people who post "get over it", or "it's all in fun", or "don't be so sensitive", I feel sorry for you. It shows you have no empathy for others' feelings, probably because you've never had to go through what people who do take offense have gone through. Try learning and understanding about others or else you'll be left behind along with your antiquated way of thought.
HaHaHa. Cry me a river. Get over it. Stop wasting time.
It's really not that big a deal, I mean its not the first time something racist showed up on the Internet, I could do the same and find a Caucasian biased app/game online, but I really don't care, they can have as many pretend blonde/red hair blue/green eye color app edited pictures of themselves as they want
You're right: my empathy is all used up. I totally don't care if I offend.
Go stand on a corner in Oakland and spout your nonsense. I have a feeling you would start to care real quick.
What a joke! CNN removes some comments. No surprised. That's exactly what CNN IS. I will see how long it lasts this one.
"It is cool. Cannot wait for "make me black", "make me jewish" , "make me redneck" and make me racist" .
one from other's which has been removed too.
Wow, so even a post about making a "make me black, jewish and redneck" app gets removed. Truly, racism against Asian is the last sanctioned and accepted form of racism left in America."
There is a simple test as to whether this is racist. Google: Would you defend offering "Make Me Black" as being inoffensive the same way you defended "Make Me Asian"? What! Isn't it all in fun? If you can't, then this does not pass the litmus test, and you are by definition a racist organization.
Google didn't say that it was inoffensive... They said it did not violate their policy.
Since, by your logic, they did not claim "Make Me Black" was offensive, then it follows that this would not violate their policy. So why are they afraid to activate that app?
(Reply to George's reply) I think you misunderstand how the app market works. The market hosts apps that anyone can submit. They're automatically hosted unless they violate the TOS.
Google isn't "afraid to activate" some hypothetical "make me black" app. There is no such app. But I'm sure if you want to you can create one and submit it to see what happens. I predict it will go live, because indeed it wouldn't violate the TOS.
...and if they can, then what does that say? Develop a thicker skin, dood.
I wish I was Asian so I could date gorgeous Asian women.
You don't need to be one to date one. Look around - miscegenation is sweeping the nations!
I dressed up as an Indian for Halloween when I was in 3rd grade. *gasp* My mom made my outfit complete with long black yarn braided for my hair, a brown dress with bead work and even a feather I wore in my headband. ( hanging head) I guess I should have known the guilt I would be asked to carry 30 years later for being "stereotypical" and "making fun of" another race. Fast forward in college I dressed like a "gangster" complete with a cane, pin stripes and a fedora. ( the agony) O wait – and then there was the time I was the Wolf from Little Red Ridding hood. ( How will i live with my self) I suppose I should begin writing my apology notes and donating to Yellowstone.
Little Red Riding Hood ?
Jen you tease you ! Hey, meet you in the park. My place or yours ?
Not Good Enough. Pledge you soul. And your money.
You should try Blackface next Halloween =)
These folks could use an app that keeps them from taking themselves so seriously.
Except that "redneck" is not a race, it's a lifestyle, which can be changed, unlike your race.
I'm chinese american and I'm not offended. I'm actually surprised that somebody wants to look like asian. It's an honor. Get over it people, if you don't like it don't download and don't buy the app. Nobody forces you to download and install it. It's a free market, if nobody supports it, it will dissappear.
Sean, you missed the whole point. It goes beyond some silly app. Akin it to a thousand little cuts that just continue to fester.
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
It only festers because you let it.
No, he is saying something about it and taking a stand. It festers because YOU and I let it. The world is changing and telling people to ignore the problem just because you've accepted it or you are happy with the way it is isn't going to work anymore with racial undertones. Other people imagine a better life for their children, and that means admitting that we have some real cultural problems to work out, such as ignoring and excluding people that look or think different than us.
This is something that hasn't disappeared because we ignore it... it's an age-old stereotype that has been around since European colonization, and then issues with Yellow Peril and Yellowface.
I am caucasian and I find it offensive. Someone hit the mark when they posted it is akin to the black face make up of the past. not okay.
and if we know that some asian people find it offensive, why do you want to defend it, especially if you are not asian? why be rude?
it is true that white people just can't get it, and they are always the first to say hey it is not racist, hey it is ok, hey you are over sensitive, hey you are the PC police.
I don't think white people should even comment on these things as we are clueless due to the current position of power in our society. we just don't get it.
It's free speech and it's a silly game. Get over it. If you need something to be offended by, how about the human tragedy in Syria?
That would make sense, except for the fact that those same people are stating that people are "too sensitive" and need "thicker skin" an argument that the Syrian government and its supporters also make. Not to mention that sensitivity is exactly what is required to sympathize with the Syrians.
If you can do a Make Me Asian app, why not do a Make Me Black app? It's freedom of speech, right?
lighten up .. thats the problem with everyone ... dont download it if you dont like it . you wont be offended...
If we take back, take down, blot out any and everything that offends someone, we wouldn't be saying anything.
Reasonable people do not believe that making an effort to be inclusive will result in a loss of communication. Not even close. If the only way for you to be comfortable is to marginalize some other social group, then maybe your time would be better spent thinking about why that is instead of blaming others for being actual people that suffered from stereotyping.
Do you not think that 'white' people aren't, or have never been ridiculed or made fun of because of their ethnic back ground. Come on.
Go shuck your limp-wristed jive elsewhere.
\Political Correctness is ruining the planet.
Laugh at yourselves already FFS.
How can we trust anyone whose strategy is to divide and exclude people? Your comment attempts to do both. Usually people that resort to name calling and expressing "weakness" feel threatened. People asking not to be stereotyped are not weak, nor are they threatening you. Their unique perspective is a strength, not a weakness, and we would all benefit from treating them like real people for once.
Its amusing how in one sentence you are complaining about generalizations regarding Asians and then in the next making your own about white folks.
To those that says its just for fun and needs thicker skin – imagine your child in school being made fun of his/her ethnicity, I mean being really made fun to the point it causes distress and comes home crying to parents, lets see these same parents agree that it was just for fun and you your child needs to have thicker skin. Don't be hypocrites – because you would come to the defense of your child no doubt.
By the way, I'm white skinned but still hate the fact that these people think its alright to make fun of each others ethnicity. Its called respect or lack there of. And human beings wonder why there is so much hatred in this planet that leads to strife.
I agree with you. I have adopted asian children and their feelings have been hurt in school by children who do not think, though they pretended to not care.
And you adopted those children specifically because they're Asian? That's racist.
your talking about targeting a specific person rather then a generalized stereotype. If there were an app called make me American and it added 200 pounds and dressed you in gangster clothes with tattoos would i be offended.. personally no. would some people.. maybe ... would there be a large uproar.. no. What about the russian or irish apps. Are they offended?
Maybe but where is the uproar?
your analogy is off bc while many Asian Americans (or other minority) feel marginalized in America – whether it be at school, in the work place, etc., an American does not feel marginalized *in* America. Boom. Sit Down.
Do they have a Make Me Black?
No, that one would definitely cause a riot.
Yea right (chuckle), the NAACP would be all over that and "Giggle" would end up with their tails between their legs. But hey, since they have no objection, let's not leave any ethnicity out – just add as a drop down menu because everyone needs to have themselves made fun of because we can't get ourselves to do anything positive.
What about Make me a Kardashian?
They have that.
Its called, "How would I look fat?"
Oh crap – here come the chunky lobbyists ....
It appears we never run out of things to be offended by. Now the National Christmas Tree is called the National Holiday Tree, so as not to offend those who aren't into Christianity and Christmas. Silly apps – nothing more than computer games – sometimes I think the number of offended grows rapidly because it's now the favorite national pass-time. It's also a great way to excuse bad behavior, as we see so much. I couldn't care less about political correctness. I don't use racial slurs, I treat everyone with respect and I don't care what color your skin is. But am I offended by white jokes told by other races? No. Do I get upset when whites are blamed for every minorities troubles? No. Why? Because I know the difference between fact and fiction. The apps are fiction – zeros and ones on a machine. I'm grateful I have better things to do with my time than to sit around and find something to be offended by.
The Christmas tree is not Christian. None of Christmas is. THere is no mention of the celebration in the Bible. Jesus never asked his followers to celebrate his birthday. The tree, santa, yule log, mistletoe, etc. Are nowhere in the Bible. THe fact is that those were taken from pagan traditions. So calling the tree a holiday tree was a good call.
Yeah, the name Christmas wouldn't have Christ in it... oh, wait...
Christmas trees renamed????? How could this be of the holiest of hollies what next Christmas ornaments? Oh the humanity......oh wait you just made your point about cry baby’s......lol you suc
You statement is ironic, as passing something like this off as nothing and harmless is the far easiest way to excuse bad behavior.
And yet there are Asians who have their eyes fixed, as it be, to look more western. Should we westerners be offended?
Asians have their eyes changed? Doesn't seem that common to me.
I'm offended by the poor quality of the app. Really? You'd waste time downloading that? I'd be amused if it was an app that morphed your face into a different ethinicity (as opposed to pasting some eyes and a lame hat) just so hey–what would I look like if I was Welsh, Irish, Nigerian? etc Facial feature changes as opposed to some dumb stereotypical hand painted clothing.
the "mock" outrage here is from the same groups who were outraged by the "chink in the armor" comment claiming a phrase that was around long before the derogatory racial epithet was offensive to "asians" They conveniently skipped over the fact that "chink" was directed at chinese people only. And they also conveniently skipped over the "in the armor" part. People get over yourselves. Not everything is offensive.
Well duh, Brian! I assume that you've read plenty of news article headlines and sports headlines in particular, right? And so you're familiar with the practice of injecting humor/cleverness into a headline by utilizing puns? The writer of that "chink in the armor" headline obviously wrote it that way to take advantage of *both* meanings of the term "chink". You're incredibly naive or being disingenuous to claim that the author was thinking only of the term in reference to armor. The only thing "mock" here is your intelligence.
Brian, brian. You just don't get it. You obviously didn't get why the ESPN "Chink in the Armor" was probably the most offensive thing a major media outlet ever allowed to be posted. I'm not going to waste everyones time trying to explain it to you, but we'll just leave it at you will never have the capacity to understand.
All of you "enlightened" hypocrites who are posting that it's okay, "get over yourself", "give it a break", etc., think about this: How is this depiction of Asian stereotypes any different from the now universally denounced practice of depicting African-Americans in blackface? If you still think it's okay, then just admit that you're racist, and learn to accept *that*.
No one should care about racism without hate. People are different ooooooooooooohhhhhh. Get offended, no one should care about that either.
Whoa...calm the heck down people. I think it's a funny app. Has nobody here ever taken a photo of a friend or loved one and altered their appearance with a Sharpie?
I'd love to see:
make me Redneck,
make me Hebrew,
make me a Scientologist (your face is replaced by Tom Cruise's if your male...a prominent female Scientologist otherwise)
Make me Cajun
Make me Rastafari
Make me offended (just shows a picture of someone flipping you the bird)
So someone should make one to caricature Americans or American troops, since everyone is too sensitive and needs thicker skin, right? I'm sure that will blow over well, especially since being "American" or being a soldier is a choice, unlike race.
Don't need one to bash our troops. We have message boards for that, and tools use them for it. ALL. THE. TIME.
Still don't care.
Just had a better thought...
Make me Osama...(shoots a picture of you full of holes, and then SPLASH!...followed by the Star Spangled Banner)
Really. How about the latest trend of Asian women making their eyes look western? People should get a life and stop this " I'm offended" garbage. It's a fun app to make believe not to make fun of anyone.
How about make an app to make yourself look Westerners by making your nose bigger. Fair? lol
i'm a first generation chinese-american from taiwan. these offended asians should ask their parents what they called whites & blacks, people from other parts of taiwan or china or even other parts of town.
admit it, you ALL laughed at jew, black, f*g, name-your-prejudice jokes
it's naive to think humans can ever eliminate the 'us vs them' mentality
Best, most insightful comment here. Nice job.
This is a serious case of far to many people having far to much time on their hands.
If it offends you. Don't purchase or use it. Get overy yoursleves people.
I do think it's racist, but I don't really care. I'm asian btw.
Just because the app is racist to everyone doesn't make it ok.
This app should be removed because it does not include all Asians. It only includes people of the mongol race and leaves out brown skinned caucasians from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, SriLanka, MiddleEast. We want to be part of the Asian stereo type too.
We need a google app that makes googles apps look like Apple apps.
Then we will see how well fast google moves.
or an app "make me Jewish" or "make me arab"
I agree, that app is very offensive and I am sure they knew that when they created it. These folks are just trying to make a name for themselves at the expense of other people.
Offensive?? How?? Where you people get this crapola? There nothing even remotely offensive here. Progressives REALLY SUCKK...
Offensive because people were offended. You can't unoffend them by claiming it never happened. You dismiss these people without even trying to understand their point of view. But you are more than willing to defend the very thing that was felt to be offensive. And you wonder why they feel disregarded...
"This isn't racist" – White People
Come on, I like Asian folks but this is too silly.
There is no need to be offended..come out with an app that makes an Asian look Caucasian and we'll be even!
Listen Paul. because of this you are going to see maybe a backlash with make me hobbit or leprechaun apps targeted at whites. and yes there will probably be make me jewish, black, hispanic etc. google should remove it now so that it doesn't get out of control and ridiculous. caricatures harm the way kids view themselves
This app isn't racist. Racism is the belief one race is superior to others. However, the app is racial and insensitive. We should have respect for how different ethnic groups want to be identified and treated and act accordingly. Perpetuating stereotypes hurts society in general. Shame on the app creator and Google!
Gerald no one is saying that the apps are racist... they are trying to say that they are offensive. Nothing at all offense here.... no idea why anyone would think such a thing.
But, if you treat everyone according to their race, isn't that being racist ? How about we treat everybody the same ? Like we would like to be treated ourselves. This is a very funy app. "i'm not prejudiced, I hate everybody equally....Archie Bunker, I believe" Those were the days when we had a sense of humor !
No that isn't racist. Racism doesn't have a thing to do with treating people a certain way because of their race. Not in the least. Racism is when you make judgements about a person or a race of people based on their race. Yes treating a race or group a certain way can be racist... absolutely. BUTTTtttt... this app isn't judging anyone.. it isn't making assumptions about a person's worth based on his race. It isn't treating anyone in any way at all. It is entertainment... no different from an app that might just change the color of your hair or give you a mustache. The notion that anytime you make a statement about racial features or a race in general is racism is plain dumb. Certainly not.
If you denigrate the other races, you are in effect claiming that yours is superior. Would be interesting to see if the app creator is white.
And what if they're black? or Asian? You're stereotyping white people as racially insensitive, and I'm offended. /sarcasm off.
But there is no denigration here! There is only an app in your hand that you can use to alter a picture. There is nothing that mocks or demeans any person or groups of people. Geez!
Of course they are white–the group who always wants to use other races as butts of jokes and denigrates them then like the bullies they are say "can't you take a joke?" "Lighten up" Take this: over 7 billion people in the world, about 1 billion are white–and that number is shrinking –and just like blacks the other races REMEMBER every little racist thing whites do–go ahead and keep the app–and let it go viral and the Chinese in China see what passes for humor and denigration in the US–when they start moving here in droves (when the US sells itself to pay off debts) they can all hold in their heads what the avg white person thinks of them and react accordingly. Good luck taking their brand of humor when it is directed BACK at you and YOU are the minority.
I am Chinese and even i think this app is funny and means no harms...I talked to a few of my fellow Asian american friends and they all think its not a problem. Some people just have too much time on their hands to worry about an app that not many people even heard of. Before I read this article I didn't even know about this app...now they made such a big deal about it everyone knows. Great publicity!
ThankYou FryRice! We trluly don't ever want to offend anyone... although you certainly can't please all the people all the time. The idiot Progressive this country think it is sport to try and label EVERYTHING as offensive.
Hey, if the all the folks offended by this would say – attack an embassy or firebomb a caucasian-owned business, I think they would be justified. Stop trying to make news, CNN. I've got a second generation Chinese friend who would laugh at this notion. He says he drives a foriegn car, a Chevrolet. Oh, there we go, I'm offended now...
That was good. I can't stop laughing
Actually, I have yet to hear an actual Asian name themselves the stereotyped phrase "FryRice."
I've got an app that turns me into a democrat... its hilarious
it adds the ability of Pragmatism?
I think they just re-branded "Make me Black" for it.
lol no Asian I know is offended. They even take their own pick and do the make me asian. Too funny.
People need to relax. Im asian. Its funny... get over it. People need to laugh a little more and stop being so sensitive.
I say cry me a river. You don't like the app. Then don't download it.
Sounds like you trained him to be just like you...
I'm kind of sick of the political correctness BS that seems to rule many peoples lives. Take a chill pill and forget it. Or create the "Make Me Caucasian" app or "Make Me A Redneck" app with boots, hats, guns and empty beer cans. Everyone has a stereotype. Some of us just deal with it and relax. Some of us take offense at every little thing. Sheesh.
don't forget the red solo cup
So folks shouldn't be offended because you are not? That's a slippery slope.
The Make me a racist append all the choices involve ONLY white people–you guys would be bleating about it for months.
It's just for "Fun".
I'm Chinese and I love those hats! I have one myself. I don't where it to monster truck shows or anything but hey it's such a cool part of Chinese culture. They're still in use. And if there's one nation that doesn't have anything to be insecure about right now it's China. They're dominating in everything, they're the future, and they know it. There are things out there that are pretty offensive (like oh say Bushmaster rifles) but I don't think this is a problem case. That all said, if a big segment of people are offended, than at that point it kinda becomes offensive. I think all of us know times we've offended our spouse and we're a bit perplexed – it's the Clinton "What I do?. If she/he is offended, than at that point you can decide what's more important – the offending comment (or App) or the people you are offending. You can make your choice. In the end it really affects your relationship with them. The lady with the comment about the kids is also right because you don't want your kids to bully (or be beat up) as a result of being insensitive and possibly not even know they're being insensitive. Educate your kids about being sensitive – that's your job.
"They're dominating in everything, they're the future, and they know it. "
China cooks its books to overvalue it's financial reports.
That will come crashing down and when it does ...oh boy.
Can you say REVOLUTION?
I have to wonder if these people's time wouldn't be better spent doing something else. Is this app really perpetuating the stereotype that all Asians wear rice paddy hats and Fu Manchus? Is that something that people actually think? Or that Native Americans walk around in war paint? If not then what is this app reinforcing?
Clearly the app is about making fun of Asian and Native American people, but is it something that even needs to be condemned by these organizations? But people make fun of each other all the time for all kinds of reasons. Nobody would ever have heard of this app if not for the condemnation they put out. We need to think hard about what battles are actually worth the time to fight.
its just for fun... people shouldnt be so sensitive
Someone make a "make me a jewish" app and see how fast Google removes that.
Jester what would be wrong we a MakeMeHebrew app?? WHy does everyone have to sit around and look for reasons to call something offensive??
Google will never remove the make me jewish app.. Never! Why? The app will never get the green light to be created in the first place!
Google isn't Mother Apple. Apple preapproves apps and won't allow one in the App Store if it competes or is deemed inappropriate. Google is open platform and really doesn't pre-approve an app, only taking it off if it violates their T&C. Personally, I like being a grown-up and deciding for myself if an app should be supported. I don't need Apple's nanny-state approach to everything.
The world needs thicker skin...
..says a person from the racial group that likes to poke other races with sharp instruments.
The app isn't offensive in its purpose, it's fun. If anything, making yourself look Asian, or Native American, or Caucasian is a compliment to the culture. Take a breath, and give it a break.
Except for the fact that they aren't going to make one for Caucasians.
.. then make one..... nothing stopping you.
@James (regarding: ...)
Sure there is – it's called SKILLS
I like the Beardify app. You can look like Santa Claus, and put on other beards too. Really, I thin there maybe other more pressing things to worry about.
No time like the present, as they say... though this is in actuality an age old issue that hasn't been fully dealt with.
This isn't racist. Why would anyone ever be offended by this. If Asian kids had a Make Me White app would I be offended, no? Would anyone would be offended? Incidentally, what would the Make Me White app do? Lighten skin, round the eyes and put on a baseball cap? OK. Just because something is indicative of race in a cliched way doesn't make it racist.
LOL EXACTLY...if anything they should laugh and say i guess they wanna be asian because were so cool or whatever...it's seems as if they are ashamed of who they are that they consider it offensive to wanna be like them lol...that's the conclusion i would get if i seen asians trying to be white...whatever right?.....
Its the stereo typing of asians that is incorrect. How would you feel if an app generalized that all 'white' people wore kkk masks and killed school kids?
Well, I doubt you ever got teased or harassed for being white or having "Anglo" features, whatever that means. For many Asians who grew up being taunted for having certain features, I can understand why it would be offensive.
Well, I doubt you ever got teased for being white or having "Anglo" features. For many Asians who grew up being taunted and harassed for having certain features, I can understand why it would be offensive.
The moment the app "Make Me Black" comes out or "Make Me Mexican" with a dude lawn mowing.... crap will hit the ceilings!!! I think I will make that app and see if google turns it down!
this is awesome
This is awesome.. If not for this article I never would have found this app.. People have a stick up their butt all too often these days.. We need to laugh at ourselves and not take life so seriously all the time.. I wish there was a "Make me white" app that would be funny.. We also need a "Make me Black" and "Make me Jewish" app.. If you thought the Asian community was outraged, just try releasing those apps.. LOL..
The white app should have a KKK hood, an AK and have the character spray up a school, a mall, a cinema then start serial raping kids in the app–they should sell out when the other races start buying the app and saying how much it is just like white people–and if whites get mad–everyone should tell them to lighten up.
I don't think KimberyDeiss will dare put out a "Make me black" apps. Thick lips, wide nostrils. Or a "Make me Jewish" apps Hooked nose, dollar bills for eyes. Why perpetuate stereotypes in this age?
It is not the physical features that are the problem with this app. It is the stereotyping with the hat, the moustache, and so on. Jimbo is right, the way this app works would be offensive if applied to any racial or ethnic group– whites, blacks, jews,etc. In part, it is also an assertion of power. To some of us, the longterm practice of whites to "play at" being Indians, Asians, blacks (i.,e. Amos 'n' Andy) is in itself an aggression in that it says to the rest of us: "We can do this and you can't do anytjiong about it." This type of practice is a vestige of Jim Crow in the USA and colonialism elsewhere. It's not trivial. It should stop.
Do Americans find it offensive when other countries portray us wearing cowboy hats? Just saying . . .
I am pretty sure "wearing a cowboy hats" is low on the list of how other countries portray us. Just saying...
Actually, in a surprisingly large majority of countries out there have a single persistant American stereotype, and that is of a man in a cowboy hat eating hot dogs (and in a good portion of those that follow this logic also believe we put ketchup on every single thing we ingest). It's weird, but it's true.
Good one Scott
I do put ketchup on everything I ingest.
The assumption that you wear a cowboy hat, even if it is true, is offensive coming from someone that doesn't know you personally. It displays a lack of empathy and without any effort to correct misperceptions about the individual it makes a person replaceable. If they don't know anything about you, or even try, but instead exclude you and propogate the stereotype instead, it is disrespectful. If it kept happening, you might even grow to negatively associate your exclusion with cowboy hats, and wish they never existed at all. Not because of self-hate, but because the cowboy hat has become a label that replaces real people. We teach our families to be inclusive, but tolerating exclusion is a poor lesson, and we can do better.
I think really the issue here is children. Look at the picture – these types of game apps are aimed at children. This just gives children another reason to make fun of other students, and already there are enough problems in our schools with peer hazing and bullying . Must we handicap our children with yet another tool to encourage racial hate? Sure, adults who have accepted themselves have no issue with the apps and find it amusing, but most children don't have that level of self-confidence yet. And even adults – are we really sure all non-American's share the same sense of humor as an American? To be honest, though, I'm a huge history fan, and while these images are stereotypical, they are relatively historically accurate. However, I don't expect many parents will sit down with their children and give them a history lesson when the child uses the app and then goes to school to pick on someone who doesn't look...like themselves. Those proponents of the apps should stop thinking only of themselves and consider the impact to others.
Naming Google in the headline is irresponsible journalism. I think that CNN took a small story of an offensive app and tried to fool readers into thinking that something larger is afoot. They should print a correction.
Brian, you sound stupid!!
Looking back at our history will make us hate each other. Look forward, proud of who you are. This pastor is looking for publicity, c'mon I know Asian would not want to waste their time for this BS cuz they are busy making money.
Create a "Make Me Black" app!!!!! Only then can we have a real debate about racism.
Rev Jackson, Quannel X, SJL, and TNBPP will be up in arms.
Where's the "Make the Mexican" app? Like the sorority girls at Penn State that had that party? Oh right, there's a protest vigil and march about that...
I am African American. Let us be honest, this is offensive period. If you don't share my view, I dare you create an app that allow a person to change his face to that of an African American, and I promise you that we will fight you until you are broke!
Imagine an Asian or an Arab developing an app allowing a person to change their attribute to that of a typical white hillyBilly American munching hotdog, with a BIG belly, guzzling beer and spitting chewing tobacco and making love to his dog. How do you feel??
I wouldn't care because it in no way shape or form discribes me, or who I am as a person.
Even if I drew a close resemblence, I wouldn't be.
Everyone is so sensitive now-a-days.
Maybe we should sue the makers of the zombie app's for making people look like zombies. I'm sure all the zombies are feeling offended right now.
You do this in a lot of games now. Star Trek Online – pick alien and make almost anything you want.
Most Asians have no problem being racist and using stereotypes against other minorities, but when someone makes fun of them, then they cry "racist." Asians need to practice the tolerance they seek from others. If a silly app is all Asians have to protest about, then they are doing pretty well.
You're basically revealing that you're just prejudice against Asians yourself.
Not really, I got life long Asian friends and they tell me the same things. If its true, it true.
Very true, good sir!
I could replace what you wrote with "most white people" and everyone except whites would think it was spot on–whites are very comfortable in using other races in a way that amuses them and allows them to denigrate with impunity, but when it is applied back to them (which it rarely is) they would be the first to cry "reverse racism" and then want to go after...blacks–not Asians, not Hispanics–the nemesis of white people are eternally just Blacks–everyone else is just ground chatter.
GOOGLE DOESN'T MAKE THESE APPS That being said – they are stupid apps regardless of their politically incorrectness
Does this app have iPhone/iPad version? I bet not because the iStore will not allow it.
Google is allowing it, which shows a lack of sensitivity.
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