Target: Google CEO, Larry Page
Goal: Urge Google to remove the racist app “Make Me Asian”.
Asian-Americans are coming together against an app available on Google Play that allows you to manipulate your photo to make yourself look Asian. By changing the shape of your eyes and wearing a Fu Manchu mustache and rice paddy hat, the app indulges stereotypes and offends Asian-Americans. Please sign this petition and urge Google to remove the App and stop perpetuating damaging racial stereotypes.
App creator, KimberyDeiss is responsible for the creation of “Make Me Asian”, “Make Me Old”, “Make Me Fat”, “Make Me Indian” and other photo-altering apps that play off of stereotypes. While KimberyDeiss claims the “Make Me Asian” app is simply a fun app that lets you indulge you and your friends, Asian-American organizations have come together to launch a campaign demanding that Google remove the offensive app. The campaign argues that the racist and offensive portrayals “perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes and should not be distributed on the Google Play Store.”
Google has responded saying the app is not in violation of the company’s policies that protect against hate speech. In a statement, Google said, “We don’t comment on individual apps; we remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies.” Google’s motto, “Don’t be evil” is being called into question by Asian-American’s who feel marginalized, stereotyped, and discriminated against by the app. Protesters also argue that Google’s power and influence will make people think the app is OK, thus advancing racial stereotypes and discrimination.
Please sign this petition and urge Google to remove the offensive app “Make Me Asian” in an effort to stop perpetuating stereotypes and discrimination.
Dear Mr. Page,
The “Make Me Asian” app available on Google Play is offensive and perpetuates racial stereotyping of Asian-Americans. The app, which allows you to manipulate your photo to supposedly appear Asian, uses distasteful props such as a Fu Manchu mustache and a rice paddy hat as its Asian qualifiers. Please live up to Google’s motto of “Don’t be evil” and stop the evil perpetuation of racial stereotyping by removing the app from Google Play.
KimberyDeiss is responsible for “Make Me Asian” and a plethora of other image altering apps including “Make Me Fat”, “Make Me Old”, and the controversial, “Make Me Indian.” By changing the photo’s skin tone, eye shape, nose width, lip thickness, and adding props, the app allows any photo to be transformed into a stereotypical Asian portrayal. Asian-American groups have come together against the app and are calling for Google to remove it from their Google Play Store where apps are purchased by consumers.
Google has responded by saying that the app is not in violation of the company 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.” As the Asian-American community offended by this app grows, what amount of discrimination will suffice to justify the app coming down? Google is a huge company with an immense amount of power, influence, and responsibility to uphold a level of morality that prohibits discrimination, hate, and marginalization.
Please respond by removing the racist app “Make Me Asian,” thereby sending the message that Google will not support discrimination or hate.
[Your Name Here]
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