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Google has responded to an online petition by removing an application from its Google Play app store after thousands of netizens suggested it was racist. “Make me Asian” was one of a series of face-changer apps by a developer calling him or herself “KimbereyDeiss”. The same developer offers a a native American version - “Make me …

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Re: What's racist about it?

Nope, but it makes a good headline as the liberals jump on the bandwagon, start throwing allegations of racism and suddenly, a pointless but inoffensive piece of code is ripped from the store...

Gotta appease the liberals......

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Re: What's racist about it?

Don't criticize the "liberals".

After all they are only exercising *their* right to free speech. The fact they decide to use this in a stupid way is no reason to prevent it.

Google's new motto should be, "don't be stupid"

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I take offense

At the one which shows you with your tongue lolling out the side of your mouth, your eyes spinning in different direction and dribble seeping down your chin, but fortunately there's not much call for the "make me a WP8 user" app - or is there?

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Re: I take offense

And that, from a man with his favourite OS interwined in his user name???

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Re: I take offense

Wouldn't it be easier to just have an app with both of their photos built in?

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Pastor Peter China

This guys name was just thrown in for the sake of it shirley..

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Big deal

Then again, the author made plenty of "make me" apps, but apparently no "make me black"…

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Re: PC insanity

I've been enjoying the Eadon branch off into right wing "it's all the EU, they're comunist-fascist overlords, everything wrong is down to them and the one legged black lesbian single parents." It's much more entertaining than the continuing banging on about Microsoft.

Also: If pointing and laughing at other races because they're different to us is your idea of fun, I pity you. And: If it were Penguins, it wouldn't be racist, Penguins are not a race.

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slightly less offensive “Make me Fat”, “Make me Bald” and “Make me Frankenstein”.

Why 'slightly less offensive'?

I'm sure there are a lot of heiferlumpas out there that are incensed by the Make me Fat app. As there are chrome-domes who take offense to the Make me Bald app with apologies to the Google Chrome project as, apparently, we have to apologies these days for taking delight in the diversity of peoples' physical appearance).

Fans of Mary Shelley will also be very angry, but I suspect more so at the continued abuse of her classic novel by those that have never read it: Frankenstein was the creator of the monster, not the monster.

What really irks me about this is that a bunch of retards think the 'app' is racist. I don't believe this is possible. To my mind, only the creator of the app, could have their ethics questioned - not the 'app' - which is clearly incapable of having a conscience. Retards, the lot of them. Furthermore, on the account of 'racism' I can see no evidence of it. The author/authoress (yes, there is no such thing as a female author - just like no woman has ever won an Oscar for 'Best Actor' despite them all calling themselves that). Anyway, what I mean to say is that the preponderence of similarly themed apps (fat, bald, indian, asian) created by the same source, is clear evidence that the author/authoress is NOT racist. Clearly, he/she has no favourites and would appear to hate a number of social groups.

Shame on Google.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Fu Man Chu.

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Re: slightly less offensive “Make me Fat”, “Make me Bald” and “Make me Frankenstein”.

I dont need no "make me fat" app...

Deep fried marathons took care of that for me... Saved me a quid too as i dont need the app, just a mirror...

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Re: slightly less offensive “Make me Fat”, “Make me Bald” and “Make me Frankenstein”.

Shagbag - careful with that 'retard' word. It's not politically correct, don'tcha know, and some could be offended.

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Ought to be fairly simple

...to make a Ghost in the Shell inspired "Make me laughing man" app, just to see who gets offended.

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Re: Ought to be fairly simple

They made a "Make Me Look Muslim" app but it just blacked out the person except for the eyes....

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It's ironic that Mr China (oh how aptly named) avails himself of the American right to 'freedom of expression' to call for someone else's to be curtailed. He and his followers are entitled to their opinion but screw Google for caving to these clowns rather than pointing them towards the first amendment.

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What a load of old toot! I bet 90% of the people who complained never even saw the app, just saw the the word "asian" and started bleating like a load of fecking sheep!

The only thing I can't understand though, is what is this generic "asian" look that the app purported to provide? From my limited experience Asia is a huge continent that encomposes a huge diversity of facial tones, shapes and varities how that could be distilled into a single app with basic morphing and colouring code is beyond me.

Sounds more like a right load of crap that simply gives you an olive skin tone and black hair. Wouldn't call that rascist, just a waste of 69p that would be better spent on a fart app to be honest!

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I would guarantee that 90% of the complaints never saw the app by a simple set of assumptions:

1) The people who complained are almost certainly members of said pastor's church.

2) The followers of said church division and very likely to blindly follow his every word like sheep.

3) Being the sorts who follow like sheep, they'd never buy anything but an iPhone.

4) It wasn't released on a iPhone and thus they'd never have seen it.

Before this gets too downvoted, the assumptions are based on this being one of those marginal and very brainwashing American churches where the congregation just follow the pastor religiously regardless of stupidity just to boost his / her ego.

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Just one question

Why would anybody want a 'Make me' app?

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"wishy washy white bearded liberal tree hugging sandal wearing brigade"

LOL

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I hope that the makers

of Zombiu on the wii u take note and find a way to stop their make me a zombie feature - when will people stop this blatant victimisation of zombies!

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Context is everything...

I think maybe we are knee-jerking a bit too much on this one.. I don't see how it would be racist to do this with a number of races or nationalities (yellow hair and viking helmets for everyone?) but I believe the context here is that americans (probably) are complaining about an App which unfortunately stereotypes a certain kind of abusive racism prevalent in america during the last century, where they portrayed asians (particularly chinese) in movies as blundering idiots with straw hats, squinty eyes, L>R on the fly translation, funny clothes and somehow always wearing traditional chinese clothing and fortune cookies everywhere. To avoid stereotyping some of them also worked in laundry shops.

This negative stereotyping was reinforced by a movie industry which couldn't pick on blacks (too much), because, you know, slavery, but asians were fair game, as they had only really came over to the white man's land to steal white jobs on the railroad anyway.

It is most likely against this context of the over the top asian stereotypes that the complaints came in; not that the app gives you slightly slanty eyes, dark hair, etc, but that it contains these character traits (straw hats, fu-man-chu mustaches, etc.. ) that for so long helped to ridicule asian americans and lead to, yes, racism. It is perhaps not that well known outside the US.

For easy to understand context, imagine a make me black app (not racist in itself.. at least I wouldn't find it racist.. others might), but which had the added bonus of being able to put you in cotton fields, slave chains or similar, which would then, because of context, be racist.

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He needs to make a 'Make Me Honky White Trash' app to readdress the balance.

that is all.

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Re: He needs to make a 'Make Me Honky White Trash' app to readdress the balance.

That would be awesome....

Mullets, wife beater singlets, tatts, guns, beer

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Fucking hell, did I just wander onto the Daily Fail? First set of replies and people are spouting off about tree-hugging liberals and crying racism.

OK, OK, I did wonder about this, looking at the first half of the article. I mean, "asian" is the wrong term, but there are far-eastern facial features. If all it's doing is that, then...

"and superimpose “rice paddy” hats, moustaches and other elements."

OK, yeah. There is a difference between playing Photoshop with your face and releasing an app that changes you into ching-chong-Chinaman. What, did it have a "slitty eyes" slider?

As for the rest of you, I really wish Nelson and friends over at SYB were still going. They'd have a field day on this article.

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I blame...

...the medical profession for complaining to much, personally I don't give shit.

Hint:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/21/engineers_cold_and_dead_inside/

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For the best definition of Political Correctness..

turn to the master on anti-PC, Mr Billy Connolly

Political Correctness is the arrogant process of taking offence on someone-else's behalf without having the decency to ask them first.

Well it was close to that...may have had a few VERY non-PC words added in

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Re: For the best definition of Political Correctness..

Billy Connolly is a comedian, they say things like that to make you laugh, it doesn't make them true, it's taking a stereotype (hippy-liberal) and suggesting that political correctness only comes from them and expanding it in a humorous manner.

Personally I think political correctness is great - the trouble is that most political correctness is just basic common politeness. For instance, it's no longer acceptable for someone to call me a poof, queer or faggot - all names I have been called in the late 80s/early 90s, based on the length of my hair, rather than any knowledge of my sexuallity. This in one view is political correctness, in another is just basic politeness and decency.

From another point of view, I can't think of the last time I heard someone say something racist in the pub, certainly without being challenged about it. This is a good thing. It's also political correctness.

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Good Knows..

what some of these people complaining would make of some of the very regrettable "sitcoms" that were produced in blighty during the 70's, 'Love thy Neighbour' and 'Mind your language' spring to mind.

Racist, Xenophobic and very unfunny.

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At least Google respond

and say something, there are other who don't.

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Why is the term "asian" offensive?

Someone from the continent of Asia is, by default, Asian.

More PC bollocks. Not that I really care, I wouldnt use this sort of app anyway. Waste of my time. It's the principle that annoys me.

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Krusty the Clown springs to mind

With his flapping dickie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vg7_gaVUd0

Think thats the right video. No youtube at work :o(

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Re: Krusty the Clown springs to mind

"With his flapping dickie..."

Enough of this Savile inuendo!

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Uh, so by definition...

Is using the 'Gangnam Style' app which pastes your face onto an Asian man and has him dancing around also considered 'racist'?

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Is this the right room for an argument?

Jebus Wept!

I read the first quarter page of comments in wide-eyed (ahem) disbelief; I thought I'd wandered into the Daily Fail Readers Comments section for more than a few minutes. The bigoted vitriol was near enough to drown in.

Reg, can we have a "Knee Jerk Response" icon please?

(FTR: I'm a liberal, Neo-Socialist, and I believe that the app was not racist but was incredibly tasteless. I believe, further, that no one has the right to censor others based on personal offence and that racism will only be defeated when we stop drawing distinctions between races with articles like this.)

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No racism in the way an asian looks.

If a person wanted to look like an Asian they wouldn't be racist, an app. that facilitates this is therefor not entirely racist but only could facilitate the practice of racism if a person were to make their friends look like asians before laughing at them or posting it on a social network site. That however has nothing to do with the app. which simply can't be blamed for race discrimination because that has been around for longer. It can't be blamed any more than hoods can for burnings, unless they did it and they're from the 'hood of course.

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Hmmm - Pot, Kettle, Black

From the article:

The writing was probably on the wall for the apps when a Change.orgpetition organised by Washington pastor Peter CHINA calling for their removal garnered more than 8,000 signatures.

Then the next paragraph:

“Google has tried to defend itself in this matter by stating they are not responsible for the content of apps because Android is open source,” CHIN wrote on Change.org.

Has he been using it himself to come up with Asian names?

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simpsonize.me

Sadly it disappeared, but ...

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