December 26th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

Asian-Americans speak out against Google app they call offensive

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.

Filed under: Asian in America • Discrimination • Ethnicity • How we look • Native Americans • Race
soundoff (1,350 Responses)
  1. moatsad2071

    thats all fine and dandy but where were the protests when it it was the be Irish or fat apps the company makes ? its OK as long as its somebody else ?

    December 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SPF

    Ohh here we go.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BrwwwBr

    why do you stupid people think ALL asians are offended? people complain about everything. fat white people complained about the depiction of a fat man in a local commercial. Do you think I got my panties in a bunch thinking that ALL fat people IN THE WORLD complained about this commercial? LOL. Who cares if fifteen asians complain about an app. that's life. you REALLY can't understand why a few people might be offended by this app? DEAL WITH IT. GET OVER YOURSELF.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alvord

    Why are Asian-Americans offended? Its called Asian-Maker not Asian-American-Maker.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Communicator

      Asians for a long time were hardworking people who valued success, revered education and did not pay attention to what "welfare immigrants" valued.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fapreplay

    I don't find this app offensive because whites have a low opinion of asians regardless.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    The app isn't that big of a deal. Kind of funny, like those AF t-shirts. What's more interesting is the racism you see in the comments you see right here. But even that doesn't really matter, it ain't like Chinese Americans will rise up and complain. Chinese people have been immigrating into the United States since the early 1800's, how many times have you heard of them asking for civil rights or complain about racism or complain about anything. They let the other minorities do the heavy lifting and they sit back and enjoy what others fight for.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mltngunmtl

      There was a thing called the Yellow Power Movement that supported the Black Power Movement in obtaining the Civil Rights we have today.

      December 29, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • jk2001

      Look up Wong Kim Ark. That's an important civil rights case fighting for Asian citizenship rights.

      December 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yusef Lee

    What's more worrisome than the app are the comments posted here. There is so much ignorance and closet racism here it's astonishing.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth


      December 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin Bonney

      I agree, Yusef! I am flabbergasted by the ignorance and racism in these posts. This is simply a matter or respect, for all people. I too am heartened by Google's speedy removal of this app. BTW, white Americans, are you that paranoid by being the minority of the world? Get with the program!!!

      December 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • r belin

      some one should put you in a closet , oh, they have, and you've been there for a hundred years just hanging

      December 29, 2012 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. J G

    WHO CARES! Everybody finds everything offensive these days. Get over it. Quit being babies.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yusef Lee

    Looks like the app was removed. Good for google.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bishop311

    That apprication is vely vely lacist!

    December 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tatiana Covington

    Don't like them? Don't use them, stupid.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The mayor of medinah

    So what ethnic back ground did the folks who developed the app come from?

    December 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brenda

    Asians dismiss the whole white race as uneducated, and we don't protest. And stop trying to make the African-Americans to get offended, they won't. Because we love thick lips, and tanned skin, and they have a sense of humor.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serious

      Blacks are one of the most racist ethnic groups out there!

      December 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mltngunmtl

      While they sing happily as you watch over the plantation?

      December 29, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
      • James

        Wow, easy there; this is to show that those who complain most about racism are the most racist of all.

        December 29, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. nash

    would white people melt down over a make me fat lazy american? would anyone even care? i'm already an overweight lazy american, but wouldn't give two flips. lighten up world

    December 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrwwwBr

      Uh.... that already happened. and, uh, i was offended. it's called empathy. an understanding of how someone else might think.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NothingAtAll

    Don't approve of the app don't use it.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Yusef Lee

    Yes it is offensive. Next.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  17. maxmaxwell

    well!! I never!!!

    December 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Bob Ussery

    Holy Cow Batman humanity has lost it's sense of humor and "politically correct" is destroying our City! Get a life folks each ethnic group and culture has something "different" and unique that is not easily expressed. To shut down communication because someone things someone is making fun of someone is so silly.....get a life!

    December 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hi Marc

      I don't get it. When we as american's try to force immigrants to conform to our way of life it makes us racist. Now when we try to adopt another culture by putting on rice paddy hats and Fu Manchus, that's racist too? They aren't happy no matter what!

      December 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • SN

        You are adopting a culture by pasting something like this on an App online....Get real man! Adopting a culture means changing the way one things, speaks and behaves in real life.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan

        Oh, sorry SN for not adopting the Chinese culture they way you wanted!

        December 29, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  19. Daniel

    Oh brother. If there's any group that needs to lighten up and get a sense of humor, it's Asians. You guys don't like it? Tough. If it's that bad then move back to China where you can lavish in non-stop censorship....and clog THEIR streets with lousy drivers and dog haters.

    December 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      No you need to lighten up. In this country people have the right to voice instead of exiling. If you don't like different voices, it's YOU who need to move to a censorship country. Have a nice flight.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • klasjdf

      This comment is offensive. It is ignorant people like you who anger people with their stereotyping of ethnicities. As a person of an Asian heritage, I am proud to have a different background. I do not appreciate it when people just assume you are "Chinese" since Asia is the biggest continent. Not all Asians are Chinese. Technically, Russia is considered to be a part of Asia as well.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      Chris and klasjdf you are the perfect example of why people are so annoyed with you. That you are condescending is an understatement, and I'm not white either.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • mltngunmtl

        "You" as in the whole Asian population? Now that's condescending! LMAO!

        December 29, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
      • r belin

        so you're suggesting that neither of those two are white, no what you're suggesting is that you're illiterate and kinda stupid

        December 29, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan

        Someone has a reading-comprehension problem, you means Chris and klasjdf & Co. You have the same elegance in using invective as a way of dialogue. Yet you get upset everyone believes that the Asians lack a healthy sense of humor and look down on other people. It's just that you are more obtuse and brainwashed than the people in the countries where you emigrate.

        December 29, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul the Octopus

      You have the right to be offensive as much as someone has the right to be offended.

      December 29, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  20. Deadlift

    Who cares? Should they remove fat booth too? Where do you draw the line!? Lighten up, people!

    December 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • fed up with all this PC

      its a joke - get over it......... all kinds of people are teased and poked at. everyone getting a little too sensitive...... you people should focus your concern over more important things.....

      December 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • r belin

        ...they did, hours ago, get a link

        December 29, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  21. BelladonnaCove

    The creator of the app is Kimbery Deiss... strange that C n N forgot to add the 'l' in her name.
    BTW, 'Deiss' is a jewish surname.

    December 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Placebo

    This app makes people look more Russian than asian, so are any Russians getting offended? Yes, the hat is a bit Cheesy, though, and I'm stunned they put that in there. I've never seen ANY asian who had a mouth like that...Looks like Gorbachev.

    App creativity- B+. App realisticness- D-

    December 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BelladonnaCove

      I thought of Russians as well...great minds think alike...

      December 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Grandstanding CNN Writer

    This article is horribly misleading. It implies that Google created the App. It did not. It also implies, on the original link, that ALL google apps are offending people, when it is only One app, by One person.

    Not to mention, maybe I'm missing something here, but is it not an app that you can download only if you want it? Is anybody forced to download it?

    December 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mltngunmtl

      The issue is that it's allowed in the marketplace...

      December 29, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  24. Blitzen

    This is a strange article.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BelladonnaCove

      No, You're strange.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Reef

    Seriously, would white people be offended if they made an app that made black people look white by lightening the skin and shrinking the lips and nose, or made Asians look white by making the eyes round? Of course not. This is just stupid people being offended because they have nothing better to do.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • michaeltrieu

      Did you just call Asians a "species"? Um, wow...

      December 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Sayin

      It does seem a little offensive. This is what you would look like if you were Asian? Really? So if I go get some creative plastic surgery on my eyes and wear a hat I will look Asian? Hunh. It just seems like a really stupid app and probably will not last long anyway.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  26. BelladonnaCove

    Wonder what Psy would think of it ?
    Didn't use any wrong words so c n N doesn't need to moderate !

    December 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mitch H

    As a Chinese American, I fully support the author's right to make this App and Google right to allow it to publish. The first amendment doesn't specify that free speech is only allowed when it's not offensive. That's why the KKK is allowed to have rallies. It should be left to the people to decide for him or herself what is acceptable. If you find it offensive, don't download it.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • derricklau

      Totally agree.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Interesting

      .. how you guys post on these walls, all enlightened and not offended, and it looks like there are so many of you. However, judging by the real protests, you, as the voice of millions, do not exist in reality.

      I know you consider us stupid, and would like to protest, yell offended slogans, but in the same time remain in the good graces of the American folk. But we are not THAT stupid!

      December 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reef

      You're not a Chinese-American, you're an Asian-American. Quit being racist!

      December 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve in seattle

      This isn't an issue of government censorship, it's a legitimate complaint to a company that makes a product, and a company that allows the product to run on its devices. There is nothing wrong with people complaining to a company that their products/business practices are in poor taste, Why does everyone get so uptight about behaving like adults?

      December 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • r belin

      why would you download anthing llike this and why do you keep calling it an app

      December 29, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  28. Asian

    Asians find it offensive. Who are these Asians and do they speak for the Billions of Asians like my self ?

    I dont think so. I find nothing offensive here so please move on.....

    December 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Kpop

    I don't see a problem. The catchphrase of 2012 for Korea is "be open-minded."

    So c'mon be open-minded!

    December 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  30. BelladonnaCove

    At least C n N's not racist. At all.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. BelladonnaCove

    At least C n N's not racist.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. The reader

    "As a white man"? Reading your comment above, lauding the Asian parents, I'd say you're Asian, and trying to offend the African-Americans.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dan I

    Misleading headline CNN. Saying that this is a "Google app" makes it sound as if it is an app CREATED BY GOOGLE. Which it is not.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  34. BelladonnaCove

    I wanna look like Kristen Stewart (K-Stew) .... most talented actress out there !

    December 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • I don't think so

      You want to be skinny, ugly, and easy? Go for it.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  35. BelladonnaCove

    No higher than you.....

    December 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |

    Next month the Make Me Blck app will be out - designed by Kim Kardashian

    December 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • BelladonnaCove

      HaHaHaHa !!!!!!!!

      December 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  37. really

    Are you actually high right now?

    December 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  38. BelladonnaCove

    Why are ALL my comments waiting 'moderation' ??? What's c N n.'s problem ?????

    December 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BelladonnaCove

      Is there a like a list of 'forbidden' words or something ??

      December 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • BelladonnaCove

        o.k., thanks 'really'. 🙂

        December 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |

      maybe you suck

      December 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • BelladonnaCove

        @ Parents: Having a bad day ???

        December 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Chuck

    There's probably a good reason.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. BelladonnaCove

    Mixed race children are the cause of many congenital defects.... like Hemophilia , Diabetes, and Autism Glad my kids aren't mixed race ! The gene pool needs to be kept small so it can flourish. (mixing Hispanic and white will cause many blood diseases, because they are different in their dna and species)

    December 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • really

      You have the whole inheritance thing 100% backwards. Inbreeding is the source for genetic disorders related to recessive gene expression. Much as pure bred dogs vs mutts, mixed race humans have far fewer genetic disorders.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • BelladonnaCove

        Just saying what I read on a genetic website... 'Christian ID' , or something like that. I'd never heard about genetic disorders from mixing races before.

        December 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Reef

        I raise dogs, the mutts typically have the genetic effects. I know you think what you're saying makes sense, but empirically you have it backwards.

        December 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mr. Butters

        Reef your dog analogy is flawed. The amount of selective breeding that is required to breed out genetic diseases would require huge majorities for all races not to have children. Even if they were having kids within their own race.

        And BelladonnaCove. You're just racist.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  41. The reader

    Just looking at the way the Asian parents treat their children makes us want to call social services to report child abuse. But we don't, because we understand that there is the American parenting way, the tiger mom's parenting way, and other ways.
    We understand that we can't just protest ways of life different than our own, just because we do not agree with them!

    December 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • really

      I know, right? Those Asian kids, with parents that demand they achieve, work and show them respect! Their kids grow up to be so successful in school and later life. Those parents should be ashamed.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • The reader

        You guys are the most instigative and racist group. You spew the most offensive stereotypes, like the ones about the superior parenting, superior kids, and you change America.

        As an European I look at the American vs. Asian parenting and see a healthy vs. a sick way of parenting, the parents who helps the kids raise and fly vs., the ones sticking their claws into their kids for a free old-age ride. And similarly the results: happy free-thinkers innovators, vs the stiff executors.

        I loved the American school as it was before you changed it, because it created the most teach-able, intelligent and creative worker after they left their colleges.

        December 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Really really

        "really", in an earlier post you said "as an white man"... Really?

        December 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Non-Chinese Asian.

    The app should be called, how to make people Chinese. Not all Asian countries had fu Manchu mustache and conical straw hat tradition. Clearly not in my country. Chinese or vietnamese culture doesn't represent all Asia.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Chuck

    Yeah, maybe we can all look as stupid as you seem to be. Pretty scary.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. BelladonnaCove

    So what are the tag words that prompt moderation ?

    December 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  45. really

    I know, right? I think Asians are the only people that most Americans have generally positive stereotypes about. Yet they are all so whiny, with the boo hoo.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  46. BelladonnaCove

    Although I don't know any asians... I read about them on c n n and other sites. They need to learn English, get a job, and stop complaining about their civil rights - they are the worst group to do that.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BelladonnaCove

      Although there are others....

      December 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanner

      It's too bad you got that impression from CNN. Asians typically have higher income per household that American natives, including Whites. Income in Indian households is close to twice that of Whites. Also, I don't know any Asians that are easily offended by racial issues. I don't know many that wouldn't find this app funny!

      December 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • billthewelder

        She's a he and he's a forum troll.

        December 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • BelladonnaCove

        @ billthewelder : 'Tanner ' is a dudes' name. fyi.

        December 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ferretti85

      It must be painful to look at the mirror and not like what you see. I am sorry!
      Insulting other people will not make your pathetic existance any better. Every time you try to insult somebody you hurt yourself. No oen takes people like you seriously. You need to work do something for yourself and your self steem. Try working out or getting a GED. It might work.

      December 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  47. dave, poor suffering Asian

    There are many more features in addition to the hat and mustache - Just chose one from column A and 2 from Column B

    December 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Sam

    I think this app is great. even works on a photo of my dog. no complaints their

    December 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Very rich Asian

      Sam, you must be a poor white guy. You can't even spell correctly.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Haha Very rich Asian

        Only one of you would look down on someone for a typo; like we don't know how you consider all the whites.

        December 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • BelladonnaCove

      @ Sam: it should read... "no complaints THERE..."

      December 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny

      I remember an article that, according to chinese scientists, dogs were first bred to be food in ancient China. And those dogs were brought to western world and became pets.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  49. The advocate

    The Anime and Manga series after series – the mainland of the Asian cartoon industry – should then be the most offending thing; they depict their characters (the Asians) with white traits (wide eyes, blue and green eyes, etc.)

    Did you hear any of the Asians complaining? This is a serious questions – are they trying to make us feel like caricatures?

    December 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • The advocate

      oops, *serious question

      December 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  50. dave, poor suffering Asian

    Of course, I deliberately left out the small D thing - I assume that is true

    December 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      You're quite ignorant, aren't you?

      December 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  51. BelladonnaCove

    Silly c N n .... Moderate other articles... this one is funny and at least C n N isn't racist at all !

    December 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Broknhead

    We don't take kindly to people who don't take kindly to other people! Right Skeeter??

    December 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  53. BelladonnaCove

    It's too bad there can't just be one race... the human race. Instead there's all these different races and species.
    A white man could not get a kidney/heart transplant from a Hispanic man , because the DNA is too different.
    Like giving a cat the heart from a fish.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Broknhead

      sadly this is a real problem facing mixed race children in need of transplants, it is very difficult to find a donor match.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • PARENTS

        sad but these comments express the actual beliefs of many Americans more than 30 years after Archie Bunker got a tranfusion of "black" blood

        December 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      That might be the stupidest thing that I have ever read.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • BelladonnaCove

        @ Adam: at least it's the truth. Would you accept a kidney/heart from an Asian ? Even if you wanted to do that... the DNA is too different and diverse. Like getting a transplant from an earthworm and expecting it to work in your body.

        December 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • taproot

      Yes, precisely... It's exactly like giving a cat the heart of a fish, or a human the heart of an earthworm. By chance, were you given the brain of a paramecium? Your trolling is outrageously offensive (and a little hilarious). Kudos!

      December 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  54. David

    Unfortunately Americans and Google do not care about racism when it is directed toward asian-americans. If something similar was done to african-americans it would be removed immediately.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • BelladonnaCove

      Asians are the worst about complaining about civil rights.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Da3st

        You really need to read more before spewing out all your ignorant nonsense. Most organs transplants are typed by blood type, not DNA. So a person of any race can donate organs to another "human" regardless of race as long as their blood types match. Genetic diversity ensures survival of the species. So mixed race people have greater genetic diversity and will not perpetuate defective genes to their offsprings. If you don't believe it, how do you explain the European royal families passing on genetic diseases like hemophilia for so many generations?

        December 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get a life

      This is not a result of singling out any group to offend them. It's for fun. I do not believe the there is a law against hurting someones feelings!!!! Get a life. I say.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get a life

      This is not a result of singling out any group to offend them. It's just for fun. I do not believe the there is a law against hurting someones feelings!!!! Get a life. I say.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • BelladonnaCove

        Double post... btw ,some of my posts disappeared all together - c. n. n. moderators hard at work –guess they gotta do something with their spare time.

        December 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Roscoe Chait

    Do they have a movie star app? I want to look like George Clooney... when he was younger.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • look like me

      I want to look like Mick Jagger the morning after the party.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  56. look like me

    Is there an app that makes me look like a victim?

    I can see that people would embrace that.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • czehner

      That's beautiful. Thank you for the laugh.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  57. tevii

    People need to lighten up... But it is odd that google would even create something like this to begin with

    December 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      Google itself didn't create this app. It was created by Kimberly Deiss who has no association with goole outside of making apps for Android.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  58. look like me

    They could make an app that makes you look like Elvis but then someone would get sued for copyright violations.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • eiddeevol

      You are absolutely right. And that hat and the mustache. Unless of course you want to be a thrown back to the Qing Dynasty.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Harry

    When did the Irish become white?

    December 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  60. eiddeevol

    As a Chinese American, I don't think it is such a big deal. People tends to make fun of things they consider strange and people consider things strange because they are ignorant of them.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • look like me

      Emulation is not necessarily mocking.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • eiddeevol

        Since the description of the app is "fun app", I would put more emphasis on "fun", not "emulation", whichever it is, I would not care much though. I just don't think people should be so easily offended.

        December 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • look like me

        Some people think it is fun to dress up like Elvis and make fools of themselves singing.

        You think Elvis is offended?

        December 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • eiddeevol

        I wouldn't know. Do you?

        December 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        Yes, Elvis is offended. He said "Uh huh huh" in his song, All Shook Up.

        December 31, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  61. John D

    Even the Chinese have no idea that India is in Asia and they offend other Asians by their ignorance.
    Asian Indians from eastern part look like Chinese, from South look like Africans and from North are whites...

    December 28, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  62. advocatusdiaboil

    Isi it in bad taste? Yes. Is it offensive? Not so much. Is it racist? No. Some people have poor taste and others over-react to poor taste. It's not racists as it doesn't meet the simpel test: is it exploiting a race or prejudicing people? No.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  63. look like me

    Why would anyone be offended by someone trying to look like them?

    December 28, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Yes

      Only because they are trying to look like this person trying to look like them.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Neil

    I don't know what's more pathetic – the fact that someone came up with this app or that there are people out there who downloaded and used it.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Chat Pata

      Most pathretic are those who are defending it

      December 28, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Chat Pata

      I want an app called "Make me the chose one" and see how I would look with a big crooked nose, deep set beedy eyes, and a balding hair. However it would be anti semit ism and no one would defend that app

      December 28, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Chat Pata is a racist

        what you just described insults religious and not a race... you make yourself look foolish when you dont know the difference...

        December 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • look like me

      What is pathetic are the people who compete for the franchise on victimhood.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • r belin

      why woulld you download one of these streams

      December 29, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  65. James McCarthy

    While China just completed the world's longest high speed rail system, we made an App that offend our own citizens. While we still argue about the fiscal cliff with nothing done and no end in sight, China keeps coming out with news of accomplishments week after week, from aircraft carrier, to joint Australian-China military drills, 2nd woman in space in 2013, etc.

    something I really wrong with our country these days.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Chat Pata

      Chinese are doing these things without any fanfare. The fastest train, the biggest mall, and who knows what, was never advertised by them. I came to know thru our media.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • apstar

      Yup. Just vote for the Communist Party in the next US elections and we'll be on our way to such accomplishments, as well.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jk2001

      maybe americans underestimate china because there's a portion of the american psyche that thinks this app is funny.

      December 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Please – it's easy to pick and choose like this to make a statement that you prefer, but there are also still far more people living in abject poverty without access to basic medical care in China. And on issues of human rights, equality and fairness you are delusional if you think China has outpaced us. I've been to and lived in Asian countries and they don't even try to hide their contempt for whites. Those who feel that way simply refuse service, yell at you on the subway, make a big X with their arms and tell you that you're not welcome and 'bad', sneer, heckle, leer, offer money for intimacy (because all white women are 'easy').

      You just don't know what you are talking about. You see things through a very 'American' lens. We judge ourselves harshly for racism in this country because fairness and equality is what we value as a people. We hold ourselves to that standard and that is the reason why we talk about it and enact legislation to deal with it. But in many other countires it is not addressed at all, there aren't laws or even discussions. Don't fool yourself into thinking that the Chinese are all wound up over whether all races are treated fairly over there because the aren't. They got bit with the ambition bug and are trying desperately to get to the top, but in many ways they are not doing it fairly. They rely on stealing western ideas to progress and manipulating world currency and proping up industries in their own contry to give them unfair advantage.

      Stop the idealization and wake up.

      January 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  66. kris

    I swear if more people cared about real problems then whatever offends them the world would be 100 times better

    December 28, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  67. halfchuck

    As an Asian I couldn't care less

    December 28, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • SkippyDee

      Bravo.. I'm from the south and grew up in the sticks. I don't cry when I see a redneck being made fun of. I laugh.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Inciteful

        Larry the Cable Guy would be proud of you.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sallizar

      agreed, i remember when i was young taking pictures of myself and friends using the mac and distorting our faces its silly fun to see what you would look like... its just a what if. no one is trying to discriminate against you. its not hate speech if anything its flattery that people wanna see what they would look like if they were a different race. people blowing this way out of proportion. Stop being ridiculous and focus on the real problems out there... cause there are a lot. and they could definitely use the media coverage instead of media coverage being wasted on this.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Aaron

    Using stereotypes is not racist.

    Infantile and stupid maybe... but not racist.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  69. @Barry

    "angry illiterates" is an offensive stereotype. hypocrites.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      See how one comment about one section of the population brings remarks of defense of the section while Asians are said to be too sensitive about something like this.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
      • American

        Barry, when the white American man will take himself as seriously as the Oriental man, it will be the death of the American culture.

        December 28, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      As you can see the playing field isn't level. Any mention of other groups in a disparaging way is deleted. Unless, of course, it is white, Asian, republican, or country folk.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
      • American

        Your comment was deleted not only because you referred at Muslims as the "angry illiterates" crowd, but because it was instigating to violence.

        December 28, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  70. 45h44hh

    too funny, im downloading now

    December 28, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  71. You don't have to be Asian to be offended by this

    Really? People need to be told this is offensive?

    And you all wonder why I'm such a curmudgeon!

    December 28, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • BobK


      December 28, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  72. Barry

    Why is OK to poke fun at Asians, overweight, and republicans but not blacks, Hispanics, and gays?

    December 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Kraig

      Blacks, Hispanics, and gays, like whites, do not try to extirpate the fun from our lives.

      Why don't you get a name that's not a white man stereotype.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • @Barry

      We poke fun at others as much as we poke fun of ourselves. Our poking is non-discriminatory, and only you guys have chosen to take a constipated stance.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Barry

        Really! I just posted something that was censored that someone might find offensive, but I didn't. All or none.

        December 28, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  73. Barry

    What if it was a "Make me Black" app?

    December 28, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  74. John

    it looks like the Asians only feel offended when i fits them. Stereotypes are ok while they are looking down on the "uneducated" and fat whites. Stereotypes are ok when they have plastic surgeries and acquire white people traits. Stereotypes are acceptable when tiger moms point out, under thin pretexts, why they raise superior kids. This protest is hypocrisy at its best.

    Our culture pokes fun at people – look at our stand-up comedy to see how embedded this is in our culture, and how different our entertainment is from the Asians'. Because we know how to make fun of ourselves we are tolerant to various forms of entertainment. Changing this would change the fabric of our nature; imagine if we continue on this path and the whites start mass protests and little protests for all the whites-related stereotypes. I don't want to discover one day that I woke up in China.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  75. biggiesmalls

    Yup, another wasteful story brought on by another wasteful, ultra-sensitive special interest group with butt-holes so tight you can front a drum corp. It would be a safe bet that 99% of those who are Asian have no issues with this what-so-ever! Loosen up people....

    December 28, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill J.

      99% of those who are Asian pose as enlightened here, then join the ranks of protesters.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • elizsoh

      Would we find an app that will paint your face black and blow up your lips similarly amusing and non-offensive? Bet you not. So why is this app acceptable?

      December 28, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Haha

        If it would "blow up" my lips I would love it! We pay big bucks to have this done, with fillers, in a Dr's office. If it would darken my skin I would love it too; we try to get tanned skin with the risk of skin cancers!! If it would make my hair curly? Think about how many of white women get perms. I very much doubt an African-American would be as offended as you are by this app.

        You see, the "offense" is in the eye of the beholder. It's only offensive if YOU see the trait as embarrassing.

        December 28, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  76. Chris

    What if a child sees the app and repeats the actions at schools as children often imitate adults? Please think beyond the app and be responsible for your actions and things we create when have the ability to create something. I find this series of apps very disappointing.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  77. AEvangelista

    I'm Asian, and I don't even have a device that can run an app. How sad.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  78. Kencho Kencho

    I am an Asian, and I think the app is funny. Life is too short, have a little fun. A little tolerance should be encouraged and tolerated. This is one them.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  79. Jen T

    While theyre at it they should make a "make-me-republican" one that makes the morons who tinker with this app look like the photo of the "hillbilly teeth guy" if they don't already...

    December 28, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Wait, I thought Republicans were the super rich 1%. Now you're saying they can't afford dental care?

      December 28, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Jen T

        If they were only 1% then we wouldn't have to pay them any attention... Just saying maybe that's a visage [some] people imagine the republican majority to portray and if it's acceptable to make Asians or Indians look a certain way in the app and have people defend it... Why not republicans?

        December 28, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I'll be offended by this just as soon as the liberal media apologizes for constantly referring to republicans as the party of "old white men" as if that's some sort of demonic evil. Notice they never referred to democrats as the party of "poor brown people".

      December 28, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Jen T

        I thought it was the party of old white men, hillbillies, & rednecks.

        It's ok though, they can put a liberal one in there as well and show me as a hippy or a tree-hugger... I'm ok with either portrayal.

        December 28, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Kev

        No Bill, the GOP now is a party of NO, plain and simple. The GOP take everything Democrats stands for, then argue for the opposite.

        December 28, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  80. Jimmy-James

    After going to Angry Asian Man's website and finding it to be the most Hong-Kong Fooey-esque thing I have ever seen, I find it ironic that he would even mention that the app is offensive. His whole site is offensive and promotes the same stereotypes. If you don't have the backbone to stand for the values you're complaining about, then shut up.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  81. airaghu

    Google....Please stop this

    December 28, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  82. Chris

    Going after google over this is nonsense.
    As they said, it "Technically" isn't a violation of their terms, and because google is an open platform where anyone can post anything it doesn't make sense to attack them.
    Attack the idiot who made the apps. She has the power to remove it and if any apologies should be given, they should come from her, not google.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  83. Bill

    Maybe it's time to find leprechauns on cereal boxes offensive.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  84. Nazxul

    I'm half asian and I think it's funny. Lighten up people!

    December 28, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  85. code40dogs

    I LOVE it!

    For decades, Asians have been reaping the benefits of being the lapdogs of the white majority, being the quiet little sidekick that does as they're told and keeps quiet. Asians have lapped up the affection of the whites who see them as being the pleasant opposite of the meddling blacks and Latinos. Their reward; being cast the official Model Minority and marrying white males by the hundreds.'

    But that was then, and this is now. As the Asian population grows in America, you will start to see the reality of diversity in numbers. The more Asians you have in America, the more likely you will get vocal ones who are tired of being spat on by whites and then pat on the head like little children when they don't complain. Asians are no different than blacks, Latinos, or any other group that has been the target of slurs; its just that they didn't have the numbers to step up and take on the white majority. But a funny thing is happening; whites are on the decline, Obama is a 2 term president and, guess what, Asians where the 2nd highest voting block for Obama (yes, even higher than Latinos).

    Times 'er changing, and Asians are finally stepping up. Sorry whites, looks like your little lap dog is ready to poop in your front lawn.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Actually, Asians have been rewarded by capitalism for being intelligent, useful and productive. This app was apparently made with the maturity of a third grader. Third graders are built to be offensive

      December 28, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
      • code40dogs

        Yeah, keep telling yourself that.

        December 28, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  86. Bill

    Tasteless? Most definitely.

    Offensive? Quite possibly.

    Is this something I need to spend time worrying about? Not at all, I have much higher priorities in life.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Lol apparently not Bill because you are the biggest poster on this board. Get a life and actually do what you preach by not focusing your whole day on this. Hypocrite.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  87. vp

    I agree, it's offensive.

    I also hope the "Marketplace" would vote and it would fail, but alas....

    December 28, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  88. nashdog

    Typical. No class. Too bad apps don't do anything to make Americans smarter, or suck at math any less.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  89. Chuck

    Im glad i still use a landline phone

    December 28, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  90. Mike

    Just going to throw this out there, but is it possible to breath without "offending" one group or another? Seems that no matter what anyone does, someone gets offended.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Zane Stillings

      Just going to throw this out there, Mike, but you'd probably be offended by an app called "Make Me Illiterate", since you don't know the difference between "breath" and "breathe". Indulging in these mindless stereotypes is what keeps these "groups", as you call them (really, you mean "people who don't look like me") from simply relating to each other as people.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Giveitabreak

        Zane, why would you take up an American name? Chill man, how many people do you see on these forums sweating about typos?

        December 28, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      Well, apparently you are an Anglo. Just think how you would feel if some Asian or any other person not Anglo used this app to look Anglo. You obviously need some sensitivity training.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
      • jay1776

        I can tell you whites would not care if such an app existed we tend to not get offended as much or as easily as non whites do. Mike is on the money it's hard to do a thing without making somebody whining.

        December 28, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Bill

        All whites are not anglo. What is this 1955?

        December 28, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Ryan

        Making yourself look white is one of the largest industries in Korea. Look it up. Thanks to half white pop stars over there every urban woman is getting eye lid surgery and other cosmetic operations to look more white. I wouldn't say I agree with it, but I'm sure not offended.

        December 28, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Rargh

        Many Asians undergo plastic surgery to look Anglo.

        December 28, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Pete1215

        Make the app. I don't care. And I am European-American.

        December 28, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      >> is it possible to breath without "offending" one group or another?

      Breathe, not "breath."

      December 28, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Wow. I'd be so offended by an app to make an asian look anglo. I'd probably cry for weeks, and then when I compiosed myself I'd write to Obama and ask for some free money for my pain.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • ladyscot

      Oh my God. Get over it already. Everyone is offended by something. Put on our big boy/girl panties and deal with it. You smiled at me, I am offended. You made a joke, I am offended. Guess what? I do not care if I offend you. Stop crying and learn to laugh. I am willing to bet my bank account that those same Asian Americans do or say something that offends someone else.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  91. josh

    this is as stupid as it gets. it looks stupid any ways, it's a joke. i think it would be cool to see your self as a different ethnic groups. this is all in fun. don't you think it would be amusing to see your self as a white person, especially a "typical" what ever white person! a middle age person, a red neck, a preppy, a hippie i mean you could go on. lighten up!!!

    December 28, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  92. Fluffy

    The headline for this article on the front page of the site is "Asians call Google Apps Offensive." Notice the pluralization of apps. This gives the impression that Google is doing something on a large scale offensive to Asians. You get into this article, and all it talks about is a single app. Whether intentional or not, this is misleading and should be fixed, lest you be deemed doing little more than trying to dupe people into reading a waste of an article about an app that no one would have heard about until you wrote an article about it.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • m

      Did you even read the article? It is two apps, hence the pluralization.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Fluffy

        Headline on this page, not the front page "Asian-Americans speak out against Google app they call offensive." Now it's singular. Somewhere they are messing up and misleading people.

        December 28, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • derricklau

      Totally agree with Fluffy. This isn't worth a CNN story. What about the economy? What about the fiscal cliff? I think those are extremely urgent for everyone, not just a specific segment of the US population.

      This app in itself is not really racist. It's how it is used. If it is used to mock people because of their ethnicity than that is racism/prejudice.

      Morphing faces into different ethnicities in itself is not racist. I've seen it done in mainstream commercials and it's standard practice to start with a basic human 3D model (either Michael or Victoria) and then morph their ethnicities to create a final product.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  93. Grace17

    I am offended by people who get offended.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • JVazquez

      I am offended by people who get offended by people who get offended.

      Well, actually I am not, but this is what is actually all about, right? We always have to complain.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  94. Stu

    Asians used to be cool; now they're another group of whiners. Get over yourselves.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd Evererett

      Wow, some really dumb posts here. Just confirms there are still dumb racists in America.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  95. Andrew Lin

    I think this says more about people who use the app then the google.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  96. Oscar Pitchfork

    So, how come this year, while Christmas shopping, I stumble across a Chinese-made, American Indiana kids "outfit". It was bubble-packed and contained a head band with a couple of feathers, a knife, a tomahawk and a fake scalp. Made by the Chinese....

    December 28, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Major Tom

      We have a thing called "double standard" in this country. It's ok when they do it. Just not when you do it. They have feelings and sensitivities whereas you and American Indians are assumed to have none.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • ben

      You can't be referring to the "Made in China" label. Are you daft? Asian-AMERICANS are complaining.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  97. Mark Yelka

    Oh get over it. Too sensitive.

    December 28, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  98. TheBob

    First of all, somewhere along the line, orientals hijacked the term "Asian" to refer exclusively to peoples who used to be called "oriental". Asia is a gigantic continent that encompasses far more than countries inhabited by orientals, i.e. people with slanted eyes and yellow skin. Asia also includes India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and two dozen other non-oriental countries. Orientals are not the only Asians and do not have an exclusive right to the term "Asian". Orientals should go back to being referred to as orientals.

    As a non-oriental Asian, I take offense at this misappropriation of the term "Asian". Oh, and as an Asian, I do not take offense at the app mentioned in the above article. I think it's totally fine.

    December 28, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Major Tom

      I agree completely. Except that the app should be called "make me oriental".

      December 28, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • calvin0714

      An Oriental is a rug.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
      • TheBob

        And china is a type of plate. You can't seriously be that stupid.

        December 28, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
      • calvin0714

        Actually, TheBob, the term "Oriental" is more offensive to Asians. I should know.

        December 28, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
      • TheBob

        You're missing the point. Just because they (and I assume you) are offended at a term that happens to be the proper terminology (meaning "of the East"), it doesn't give them the right to hijack the name of an entire continent and make it exclusive to themselves. As an Asian, I am offended by that.

        December 28, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
      • calvin0714

        I understand your point. My point is that I'd prefer to be called what I am, Korean. Not lumped into some large group of cultural ambiguity. Some people believe the term is antiquated, pejorative, and disparaging due to its usage in the United States.

        "The word ‘oriental’ does not describe ethnic origin, background or even race; in fact, it has deep and demeaning historical roots." – Governor David A. Patterson, New York"

        December 28, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
      • calvin0714

        ... and for the record I am not offended by the app. Political correctness is slowly and surely killing this country. At some point we seem to have mixed up facts and opinions. Most Asians have thinner eyes, that's a fact. Pointing it out is simply an acknowledgement of that. Pretending as if it doesn't exist is just ridiculous.

        What's next? Will G.I. Joes also be considered racist to Asians because they have kung-fu grips? C'mon people.

        December 28, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Bill

        So the Governor of New York doesn't understand the meaning of oriental. Who cares.

        December 28, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Squally

      That's because the term "oriental" is considered derogatory now. You refer to things like food oriental, not people.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • heliocracy

      So apparently all Asians are easily offended.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
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