Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be Asian or Native American? Do you want to find out by using racist stereotypes through images that will offend pretty much anyone ever? Well, problem solved! There’s an app for that.
Ugh, no seriously… there is an app for that. One that I hope will soon disappear because it’s awful. I’m having a hard time even wrapping my head around why it exists in the first place, but it does.
Google Play, which sells apps on your computer similar to the apps you can buy for an iPhone/iPad/iPod, is selling two apps called “Make Me Indian” and “Make Me Asian”. Basically, you upload a picture of yourself and then you can add things to your image that will make you look Indian and Asian, and by that I mean it won’t make you look Native American or Asian because this is ridiculous.
In fact, there’s even a Change.org petition (sign it!) trying to get rid of these horrible apps. Why? Because they’re incredibly offensive to anyone who is Native American or Asian. As the petition says, “These apps overlay dated and racist stereotypes onto your photos: rice paddy hat, fu manchu mustache, slanty eyes and yellow skin – and voila, digital yellowface! Or you can pretend to be a Native American by slapping your picture with war paint, feather, and broadened nose, because we all know that that is all that it takes to represent “Indians”. These apps perpetuate hateful and offensive stereotypes that are used to this very day to marginalize and humiliate Asians and Native Americans.”
It’s hard to believe that we’re about to enter the year 2013 and stuff like this is still happening. You would think people would learn, especially after celebrity scandals like No Doubt using Native American stereotypes in their music video or Victoria’s Secret pulling an outfit from their annual fashion show because of the outrage surrounding it. Unfortunately, it looks like there are still some people who just don’t get it – stereotypes like these are wrong.
What do you think about these apps? Do they offend you? Are you going to sign the petition? Have you ever felt like people put you in a stereotype? Tell us in the comments.