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 (1,157 Responses)
  1. lithezebra

    If such an app were approached with humor and without disdain, it might increase empathy for other people, to see that the things that make a person look Asian, European, or any other ethnicity, are only minor details of physical appearance.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. evan

    so what is it that you are currently doing?

    January 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. james

    No really, the app is funny, and no-one would be calling foul if the app made you white.
    Its simply a double standard.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cc

    its funny but not polite i guess. if there were a make me black or make me jewish app would there be a similar outroar?

    January 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Of course.

      Blacks would have a riots similar to the one sin LA back in 1994.

      Jews would have gathering of worship in front of their synagogues.

      Asians, as civilized beings, will be vocal and protest, peacefully about it to their congressional members and or to the company itself.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mo

        From your logic... black people and jews are uncivilized, but asians are civilized.. in which case i have absolutely no empathy for asians, is that is how they view others... i say may the app thrive.

        January 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Truth

        Your comment appears to be a stereotype to me and I am offended. Have you considered your ways with offending people.....? Let anyone with out fault throw a stone...!

        January 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Papermate

        Uh..yeah, right. I hope you don't shoot up a school somewhere. Koreans need to be more open-minded.

        January 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JKjouken

    @gwf333 your comment makes you seem like the most ignorant person ever. This app is basically perpetuating stereotypes and i would say just as bad a using blackface. Not all Asians had fu manchu mustaches, not all chinese people wore the straw hats. The app is taking specific stereotypical images and using those. It would be like creating a Make me German app and making people look like Hitler. It doesn't matter that it's historical it's still insensitive and offensive. For you to not understand why this is offensive just shows you are completely missing the point. It's not a matter of being over sensitive or not. Creating an app that promotes stereotypes and racism is just plain wrong. There's no excuse for promoting ignorance.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • inforodeo

      I agree. If these apps made realistic (though still generalized, as all nations still have a bit of a "melting pot") changes to a person's physical appearance (along the lines of makeover and 'make me look old' apps), it might be more interesting, satisfying a person's "what if I ...?" Curiosity.
      Instead, by using dated stereotypes based on articles of clothing, these apps are offensive. Would we be offended if another culture made a "make me from Mississippi" app that made a person fat and white, an app for Californians that gave you plastic surgery scars and a fake-baked appearance?

      January 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kevintaylor22

    Please do not call this a "Google" app, as it was not made by Google, it is merely available on their store. Call it an Android app instead. Thank you, you ignorant reporter.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Geoffrey

      It would not be there for one more minute if Google recognized it as offensive and removed it. All apps in the Google store are commonly referred to as "Google Apps". Android is a product of Google. The problem is with you, not the reporter. Learn to read and think.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • kevintaylor22

        Wrong. I never hear them referred to as Google apps. That implies that Google makes the app, which they don't. They are referred to as Android apps because they run on the Android OS, regardless of hardware maker (or OS maker, as is the case with Google). Case in point, another poster just wrote that they wondered why Google would create an app like this. Don't correct people if you do not know the facts yourself.

        January 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anomic Office Drone

        No one says "Google apps" when they mean Android apps, the same way no one says "Apple apps" when they mean iPhone or iPad apps.

        Google apps are apps developed by Google like GMail, YouTube and Google Maps.

        I understood what the writer meant, but that's not good enough. This article, as it is right now, needs editing and is not fit to print.

        January 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 1gadawg

    funniest part of all this is, and I'd bet the farm, that the person who created this app considers themselves a 'liberal'... lol

    January 2, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Geno

    Back in the 70,s when I was a kid in school. people used to have Polish joke books. They would show them to me as I was polish. You know what I did? I read the books with them and laughed, because they were funny. There were also German, Italian, Jewish, Irish, etc joke books. Nobody made a big deal out of them as they knew the jokes were based on sterotyoes and not real people. You have to have a sense of humor to get through this world. Either that or your time here will be very miserable.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • sanibaar

      hold on...you read them and laughed with them because you did not want to be left out. Not because you found them funny. Wake up Bro!

      January 2, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
      • daddy2010

        He's right, bro. They are/were funny. Same way I laughed at the Irish joke books that my Irish uncle gave me. You shouldn't have partied so hard the night before the psych 101 exam duuuude.

        January 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. give me a break!

    i'm asian american... and i'm not offended!!! it's just an app! why not go after hollywood and the media?? hollywood has stereotyped asians throughout history! we hardly see any asians in tv shows or movies. the only time you see an asian is if that asian is portrayed as some type of martial arts weirdo with an accent. if someone wants to use an app to make them 'more asian', let it be!!! the users who are using it are not racists... they are 'open-minded'. i have yet to see any organizations protesting asian women who deny their heritage by running to a plastic surgeon to fix their eyelids. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    This is extremely offensive. As a litmus test, imagine if this app were called "Make Me Black" and added flared nostrils and wide lips to your face. It would explode in the news and there would be people with pitchforks protesting this.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Shuffler

      It is an app..... if you don't like it then don't use it. Treat it the same as any app.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      The only thing a 'Black App' would do is give someone color as 'blacks' are various in features. Do not be so small minded. Africans posses the gene pool for all other races!! Stop your mental stereotyping. It is not smart!

      January 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Meh

        I think a "Make Me Black" app would be hilarious. You could pick some seriously funny stereotypes for that one! An afro and a basketball or something! I don't really understand why anyone would find this offensive. Its a joke and no one believes that Asians are usually seen with a Fu Manchu moustache and a rice hat! In fact, I dont think I've ever even met an Asian that had either of those features.

        January 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheXDude

    "The apps use dated and racist stereotypes of Asians..." Gee, I didn't know physical appearance was a 'stereotype'. I guess Asians should stop looking like that then.

    "..said the online campaign 18 Million Rising, named after the number of Asian-Americans" The fact that this organization exists is just as racist.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. sanibaar

    So...Make me American would have Mcdonald's on one hand and Gun in Next?

    January 2, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Geno

      Yes sanibaar, and most Americans would find it funny and laugh.

      January 2, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Kim

        That's because most Americans are too stupid to see why it's not funny.

        January 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim in PA

    But we need affordable labor to do farm work and to add proper punctuation and grammar to your internet posts.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. thisislibs

    Liberals are the ones behind this kind of "MEh cry cry I'm offended!"

    Always are, biggest dumb babies on the planet.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Until you can form a complete sentence (especially, one using rational thought), you shouldn't call others dumb. You're so dumb, you can't even see why this would be offensive. You're so dumb, you can't tell the difference between a "liberal" organization and an organization made up of Asian-Americans.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Geno

        Kim, you are really good at that name calling stuff. Is it working for you, have you convinced anyone that you are right and they are wrong by using this tactic?

        January 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chai

    I'm waiting for "Make me an ultra-rich white mormon male republican who lost the election for US president." Come on, KimberyDeiss, let's be fair!

    January 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  16. sgman

    What's the big deal? Our society has become so childlike with EVERYTHING. Every culture or group isolates themselves by claiming to be Asian-American , African-American and so on. Get over yourselves; you are AMERICAN, but by claiming the hyphenated surnames, you automatically put yourself in a position to call everything you see "racist" or "offensive". In America we have (Im not so sure anymore) freedom of speech, religion, press etc. It seems it only applies when a group wants to attack others when they don't agree with an agenda that they are pushing on the public, and someone disagrees with it. Example- gays pushing their beliefs and ideaologies on everyone through tv and media. It's gotten to the point that anyone who doesn't agree with the gay lifestyle is labeled racist or intolerant. Society has gotten to the point of acting like 5 year olds because someone else ha s a different view or opinion. Grow up and mind your own business. Worry about yourself instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing and stop trying to be the defender of your beliefs for all society. This app is meant to be fun, and that's all. So sit back, put a fu-Manchu on yourself and have a laugh. The world needs more laughter and less hate. Peace and God bless.

    December 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • gwf333

      I don't know what the problem is. I am German-French-Native-American. I use that all the time. I don't know why they can't. Sure, some people could just refer to me as an American (or more correct, a North American, or US American), but most of my friends refer to me as a German-French-Native-American, though usually they just abbreviate to GFN-American.

      January 2, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      The media doesn't see that everyone in America are Americans. Therefore, society, by extension doesnt see everyone as equals. They feel that there is a need to segregate the people by their colors or ethnicity. To make it easily processed in the minds, as they say.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  17. r belin

    you dorks talk like there is no hatred and /or ugliness in the world, thats what this is all about after you throw in the mutated

    December 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. MC Vancity

    When Asian Americans complain about racial discrimination, they are always dismissed as being 'too sensitive' and to 'lighten up', 'have a sense of humour'. If an app offended African Americans or Jews, the apps would be removed without hesitation. It goes to show you that Asian Americans still have a long way to go when it comes to respect.

    December 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Leon

    Its just a stupid app.. lol

    December 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  20. NC_Right

    Peeta?...who Peeta?

    December 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  21. luvey

    Freedom of speech.... ha .... what a joke.

    December 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dragon

    Your hatred for Asians outweigh your outrage of this app on the Native American culture. It figures. America has always been anti-Asian. We'll remember that when the time comes. And it will come.

    December 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tengu

      Did you even read his post? Can you read? He stated that asians are complaining about this app, when all it is, is a retrofity of stuff already existing in which others (Irish, Indian, fat, etc) are replicated using a picture, but how many fat people are lined up to protest? How many Irish? Etc. The truth is that teh app was probably made by someone asian and are reaping th emoney and free advertising of this "terrible attack on asians everywhere.
      Oh and BTW if your time hasnt come in all these millions of years, I wouldnt wait on it now.

      December 30, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. Dragon

    Doesn't matter. When the Chinese take over, first company to go will be google.

    December 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jeff

    Whoever made this app is getting great publicity from the very people offended by it. Downloading it right now!

    December 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jeff

    If it made you white, no one would complain.

    December 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • hypocriticizer

      why is this or why is this not racist? go.

      December 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tengu

      You are right. Whites (me included) take it as the joke it was meant to be and not a reason to feel "hurt".
      People need to grow up and this PC crap needs to stop. Ithink that is the reason you dont see asians or blacks etc making fun of whites, because they know we dont care. With all the other stuff going on I cant believe this even made the news.

      December 30, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      You are absolutely right! The same app developer has apps that "Make me Russian" and "Make me Irish", but nobody even noticed those buried in the middle of the the article.

      December 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim in PA

        I don't need an app to be Irish, I just need a beer and a fistfight.

        January 2, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Yet if it was Make Me Black, with all the black stereotypes, all the people who said it was no big deal would be up in arms.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  26. dan watson

    bet you will never see make someone jewish.

    December 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAWOLF

      Yeah it would have to award you a Nobel.

      December 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andy

        Or rob peoples life saving.

        January 2, 2013 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  27. jake

    you tried unsuccessfully to bring the African-Americans into your protests; glad they brush it off; otherwise you'd had resuscitated the slave cause.

    December 29, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • r belin

      check reality, slavery is alive and well , especially in the usa

      December 29, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • mltngunmtl

      @Jake I had made no reference to African-Americans in this comment.

      December 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  28. chad

    i love how you to refer to the humor of blacks as if everyone lumped into that so-called race has a uniform sense of humor. rubbish.

    December 29, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  29. Veteran

    You got it all wrong; the Asians who don't complain understood that you take the blatant Yellowface/Yellow Peril notions out of their historical context, to fit your agenda. People like you pollute our society and instigate to conflict.

    December 29, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • mltngunmtl

      As you implied, this is something that belongs in history, but this issue makes it current... that is the problem.

      I think it as a way to clean up the mess that history has made... before it lends it's way to repeat itself.

      December 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Guest

    You guys are way too tight. Why come to America and then wish it was more like China?

    December 29, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  31. cheryl

    I do hope you know that you'd be considered an illegal alien as well. the "first settlers" weren't the first to live in "America"

    December 29, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Iris

      When there will be more of you here, you'll make use feel plenty clear as aliens in our own country.

      December 29, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • CHeryl


      Your comment doesn't make any sense as a reply to my comment. I'm merely saying that caucasians weren't the first to live in what you call "your country"

      December 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  32. clem vinson

    what we need is a list of acceptable stereotypes...

    chinese, black, indian=no good
    homeless, fat, italian, irish=okay

    my question is why? why is one stereotype okay while another is taboo. I just don't get it.

    personally, i embrace all stereotypes. if you can't laugh at yourself, you've no right to laugh at others. lighten up people. to one degree or another, we all exude each stereotype.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mltngunmtl

      The issue is in regards to Yellowface and the negative historical sentiments that it entails... it's not just a silly meaningless caricature, and it has nothing to do with humor.

      December 29, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Jim

        It is offensive for us Americans to see make a Yellowface issue of this app and pretend we live decades back. If people like you emigrate to Germany they'd instigate the Jewish Germans to think of the today's German population as if they were natzis. Why not make us feel guilty that we like slaves?

        December 29, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
      • mltngunmtl

        @Jim Germany had initiated laws against discrimination due to the Nazis. You wouldn't be able to find anything anti-semitic of this nature there because they dealt with it... and I have made no reference to making anyone feel guilty but having a sense of responsibility.

        December 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  33. NorCalMojo

    Way to bring attention to the app, offended people. I bet you've quadrupled the downloads overnight.

    December 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  34. lancer

    Does anyone recall the Google adage "don't be evil"? Why would they put out an app like this?

    December 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • r belin

      who ? anyone who wants to remind forks like you that you have nothing to say

      December 29, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      The creator of the app probably didn't develop it with a feeling of hatred, and therefor it was not 'evil'.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  35. LC Overton

    is this really " news " ?

    December 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • r belin

      are you really here

      December 29, 2012 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  36. Just Sayin

    I am not naming any race, but some people get offended if you make any painting or drawing of their race that has white features. They have experienced alot of prejudice all their life suggesting that whites are more attractive. I think that is the kind of deeper issues they are dealing with.

    December 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeb

      People are generally found attractive by their own kin; what you say only make sense, proly when they try attract people from different races, and not even then ...

      December 29, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  37. topdog

    i'm offended that you all so offended by asians being offended by a google app. now i'm offending all you people for being offended by you. lets start a war and reduce the population. problem solved.

    December 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • r belin

      we do that often and often they are asians, thats why you left your country to live here, dingbat

      December 29, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  38. Muppets

    The app is more like vietnamese maker. Not all asians wear that hat, but vietnamese farmers do. Google needs to go back to school or get out of the office more!

    December 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  39. andy

    OH cry me a river Asians. Lots more too worry about than this app, what are you three years old?

    December 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Noel

    Folks, you're all a bit too sensitive and self righteous. Grow up, gt over it and move on.

    December 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  41. volsocal

    So, Asians have lazy post teens living in their basements with nothing better to do than go out on the internet and find something to be offended about, too.

    December 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrewdar

      lazy comes in all colors

      December 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Shinzu

    Why would asians be offended? They are the next leaders of the world. Move over whites

    December 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mat

      that's kind of untrue. China is going to overtake the USA in the next 10 to 15 years

      December 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • topdog

      asia will not over take america. but asian americans are increasingly influential in the u.s.. hate all you want, they get more higher education and will live better than you

      December 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noel

      Interesting...so China stole their technology fro the US and they're going to overtake us?

      Only if "overtake" means flood the country with unsanitary Asian food restaurants and corporate spies.

      December 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • r belin

      what world

      December 29, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  43. 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 |
  44. bishop311

    That apprication is vely vely lacist!

    December 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  45. 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 |
  46. 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 |
  47. 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 |
  48. 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 |
  49. 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 |
  50. 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 |
  51. 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 |
  52. 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 |
  53. 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 |
  54. 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 |
  55. 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 |
  56. BelladonnaCove

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

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

    At least C n N's not racist.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  58. 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 |
  59. 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 |
  60. 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 |
  61. 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 |
  63. really

    Are you actually high right now?

    December 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  64. 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 |
  65. Chuck

    There's probably a good reason.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  66. 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 |
  67. 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 |
  68. 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 |
  69. 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 |
  70. BelladonnaCove

    So what are the tag words that prompt moderation ?

    December 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  71. 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 |
  72. 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 |
  73. 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 |
  74. 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 |
  75. 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 |
  76. 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 |
  77. 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 |
  78. 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 |
  79. 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 |
  80. 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 |
  81. 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 |
  82. 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 |
  83. 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 |
  84. 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 |
  85. Harry

    When did the Irish become white?

    December 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  86. 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 |
  87. 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 |
  88. 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 |
  89. 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 |
  90. 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 |
  91. 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 |
  92. 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 |
  93. 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 |
  94. Aaron

    Using stereotypes is not racist.

    Infantile and stupid maybe... but not racist.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  95. @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 |
  96. 45h44hh

    too funny, im downloading now

    December 28, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  97. 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 |
  98. 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 |
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