Google Needs To Realize That Ethnic Stereotypes Should Not Be A Game

Racism isn't a game.

Racism isn’t a game.

Come on Google. You can do better than this:

Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil”, which makes it difficult to fathom why they carry the Make Me Asian and “Make Me Indian” apps by KimberyDeiss on their Google Play Store.  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”.  This is not what it means to be Asian or Native American – these are nothing less than hateful and offensive stereotypes that are used to this very day to marginalize and humiliate people.  They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard in the treatment of certain minority groups.  Blackface (dressing up as a caricature of a black person, complete with black makeup) is thankfully and rightfully recognized as thoroughly racist, so why in the world is “yellowface” and “redface” given a pass?

Go here to read the full article on this and to help send a message to Google that this is simply not acceptable.

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