Google is facing uproar from Asian American groups among others over the ‘Make Me Asian’ app available in the Google Play Android app store, which allows users to add Fu Manchu moustaches, coolie hats, slanted eyes, and yellow skin effects to their photos because being ‘Asian’ is hilarious for a certain type of white person.
The free ‘Make Me Asian‘ app has so far been downloaded between 50,000 to 100,000 times, according to Google Play statistics. Google says that it will not withdraw the app as it does not violate app store guidelines.
A petition on Change.org, calling for the removal of the app (and its equally racist counterpart ‘Make Me Indian’) has so far attracted over 7,000 signatures.
The petition says that the apps “perpetuate hateful and offensive stereotypes that are used to this very day to marginalize and humiliate Asians and Native Americans.” It calls for those offended to flag the apps on the Play store and tweet the following at Google CEO Eric Schmidt:
@ericschmidt Take the racist Make Me Asian and Make Me Indian apps off @googleplay NOW! #makemeasian https://www.change.org/petitions/google-remove-the-racist-make-me-asian-app-from-the-google-play-store