Apple removes app that encouraged girls to perform plastic surgery on fat dolls
Before a tweeting campaign successfully petitioned Apple to remove a game app from its app store, girls as young as nine could judge a virtual doll on her appearance and then decide which type of plastic surgery would make her more attractive.
The game, Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version, encouraged girls to eliminate extra fat on dolls through liposuction.
“This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her,” the app’s description read. “In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful. We’ll need to make small cuts on problem areas and suck out the extra fat. Will you operate her, doctor?”
Spearheading an online campaign to nix the app was The Everyday Sexism Project, based in London. Project founder Laura Bates told Yahoo News the app was irresponsible.
“These apps promoted the idea, to girls of a very young age, that their looks and the shape of their bodies is the sum total of their value, that being thin is the ultimate goal, and that the only way to ‘fix’ their bodies is to turn to surgery,” Bates wrote in an email. “The apps drew over-simplistic links between appetite, obesity and surgery, and utterly left out the sensible notion of healthy exercise.”
Apple quickly took action and removed the app. When Bates learned the app had popped up on Google Play, Bates began directing her tweets to them. Like Apple, Google quickly removed the app from its store.
According to Yahoo News the app’s developer, Corina Rodriguez, has created more than 25 other free apps. Some depict Barbie and Justin Bieber, but they don’t appear to have the proper licensing to use those brands.