Google has pulled an application from its Google Play Store after complaints that the software was offensive and racist towards Asian people. The app, called 'Make Me Asian,' allowed Android users to yellow their skin and add mustaches and other accessories to make themselves appear Asian. 18 Million Rising, an advocacy group for Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States, last week mounted a petition to have the app, along with a similar 'Make Me Indian' app from the same developer, removed from the Play Store.
Both the 'Make Me Asian' and 'Make Me Indian' apps are no longer available from the Google Play Store. Though Google has not publicly commented on the apps or the petition, the search giant said the following in a statement to CNN: "We don't comment on individual apps. We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies."
Speaking via its website, 18 Million Rising said that the removal of the apps from the Play Store was a step towards ending racial stereotypes.
"As of this morning, the "Make me Asian" and "Make me Indian" apps are gone, along with the developer's profile!," 18MR wrote on its website. "Thanks to the efforts of our members and allies, these racist apps are no longer available on Google Play to perpetuate offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans. This victory is a step in the right direction to putting an end to the use of damaging racial stereotypes."
Pastor Peter Chin, who had another petition going on Change.org said he was 'deeply thankful' to those that had signed the petition.
"I'm deeply thankful to the nearly 10,000 who who signed this Change.org petition to take down these apps. I am also grateful for Google, who heard our outrage and pulled the apps," he wrote. "This may seem like a small victory, but it made an important statement: that minorities will not simply accept dated and offensive stereotypes that are wrongly foisted upon them."