Racism @Google? Thousands Protest ‘Make Me Asian,’ ‘Make Me Indian’ Apps

DiversityInc, January 4, 2013

More than 7,700 people have slammed Google for hosting in its Google Play store the “Make me Asian“ and “Make me Indian” apps. Asian-American groups and online users are urging Google to remove the racist apps from Google Play and stay true to its “Don’t be evil” motto.

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Although Google has a Diversity@Google section on its website and a Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report including lots of “Googley” images and anecdotes about scholarships and internships and community philanthropy, we can’t assess its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Despite annual invitations, Google has never participated in The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity in the 13 years the survey has been in existence.

The free apps allow Android smartphone users to edit photos by adding “humorous” stereotypes that vary by app: They can darken skin color, change eye shape to an “Asian” slant or add ethnic accessories like an American Indian headdress. “Compare the results with your friends and laugh heartily!” writes app developer KimberyDeiss. “In few taps you can transform yourself and your friends in the real Indians, using different effects and settings.”

Both apps have been downloaded between 50,000 and 100,000 times.

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Despite the “Make me Asian” and “Make me Indian” apps’ blatant use of offensive stereotypes, Google has refused to remove them from its Google Play store. The apps do not violate the company’s policies, Google told CNN.

{snip} Because the apps are not “deliberately” offensive, they do not constitute a violation.

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Washington, D.C.—based pastor Peter Chin, an Asian who was offended when he downloaded the app, launched the full-scale petition in reaction to Google’s inaction.

“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,” writes Chin. “Blackface is thankfully and rightfully recognized as thoroughly racist, so why in the world is “yellowface” and “redface” given a pass?”

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  • Yo bro

    This website is AWESOME!

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Sergey Brin must not be much bothered.

  • NYB

    “Peter Chin, an Asian who was offended when he downloaded the app”
    An Asian wearing white clothes, speaking a white language, living in a white country, using white technology, and calling himself by a white name is offended because people are super-imposing ‘Asian’ features on their images….

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      LOL, yeah, I get the irony there.

    • The__Bobster

      Chin couldn’t find a “Make me American” app because he could never be one.

      • Doppleganger

        what?

      • shattered

        It’s actually extremely easy to get American citizenship… we hand it out to anyone these days.

        • IstvanIN

          I bet he means being a real ethnic American. I know what a real American looks like, I see him in the mirror every morning.

          • Doppleganger

            There’s no such thing as a “real ethnic American”.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            Really? The Scottish/Irish/Welsh/German/Cherokee/Tuscarora mix seems to work.

            I don’t fit in very well in other countries I have visited, though college in California and federal prison in Texas worked quite well.

          • Doppleganger

            “The Scottish/Irish/Welsh/German/Cherokee/Tuscarora mix seems to work”

            That ridiculous line only supports my original claim.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            Absurd or not, that’s what I am, and every foreigner I have ever met reckoned me as an American first.

          • josh

            You must have some fun stories about being in prison in Texas! You should do a blog!

          • Michael_C_Scott

            It was actually not as unpleasant as one might imagine, and I did run a blog under my own name from inside. I merely sent letters to a friend who had provided me computer services, long before, and had him post them to Santa Cruz Forum for me, using my own account on his server. I always began each blog with “Bongo Bongo Bongo In The Concrete Congo!”

            People (mostly old friends and acquaintances from my undergrad days) said the material I wrote was hilarious.

          • FourFooted_Messiah

            Oh? How about the tribes who were here in the Stone Age, and the whites who built stuff here?

          • Doppleganger

            The Cree and Blackfoot? So you’re saying that true Americans are the natives… and not whites. I’d agree with that, but I don’t think your compatriots will.

          • IstvanIN

            There is quite a difference between inhabiting an area and building something new on the same spot. No one denies that Indians inhabited many of the areas that now comprise the US, but the nation known as the US was not founded, nor was it built, by them. This isn’t an insult, it is simply a fact. The Cree and the Blackfoot do not have the same historical ties to the American republic going back uninterrupted that the English and Japanese have to their ancestral kingdoms.

          • IstvanIN

            I beg to differ, the men who founded this country were overwhelming British, and, I believe, something like 80% English, the rest being Scottish, Dutch, Swedish and German. So, yes, there are “real ethnic Americans”, perhaps not you, and maybe not even me as a Hungarian descended American, but there are. And it is truly a shame what has happened to their nation.

          • Bill Yap

            Of course there are or rather were real ethnic Americans. They were the indigeneous people of this country whom you white people exterminated. As for those who survived, you white people mongrelized them. It’s a pretty neat way of stealing other peoples’ lands.

          • IstvanIN

            A) They were not exterminated, they still exist.

            B) That is the history of mankind, all over the world, including today’s black Africa.

            C) the men who founded the United States were British, by and large, and were not Indians. The Indians may have inhabited the land but they were not the creators, or the original inhabitants, or in any way “ethnic” Americans. The “America” that declared independence in 1776 was a British creation and the US was founded by “indigenous” Americans of British decent.

            Saying that we “stole” the US from the Indians is as absurd as saying Mexico and the Mayan Empire are one and the same. In fact, I would surmise, the ancient Mayans would be appalled at what today’s Mexicans, and Central Americans, have done with the land that the defunct Mayan Empire used to occupy.

          • NYB

            We should learn from the North American aboriginal experience. We should close our borders to non-whites immediately. Non-whites come to colonize and displace the whites and aboriginals. Because we know better, it is our sacred duty to defend our land from them.
            BTW, aboriginal North Americans stand a better chance of survival in a duality of races than in a plurality.

          • John

            Xoxoxo

          • John Stuggart

            Looking at the North American aboriginal experience and the Australian aboriginal experience, it should be the non-whites who should close their borders to whites. For the past 500 years, it has been the whites who have been doing the colonizing and persecution of aboriginal people. Successful Asian nations should ban whites from entering their country before these monsters will invade and plunder the riches of these countries.
            BTW, when were whites considered to be aboriginal North Americans. Just ask a Native American and see his reaction.

          • FourFooted_Messiah

            I agree. But us whites should also stop allowing browns, blacks and yellows from immigrating to countries WE control.

            As for the “natives”, they say their ancestors had no idea of land ownership (unlike, say, wolves, or cougars, or any other territorial animal), so nothing can be stolen from someone with no sense of ownership. Even my CAT knows what she owns (her bowls, her cat “tree”, her toys, etc. She actually gets UPSET if we touch HER stuff.)

            Plus, the traditional view of land ownership is “use it or lose it”. They built nothing of permanence north of Mexico – no more than the wildlife did.

            If we have to feel all squishy about natives, then we should feel MORE squishy about taking it away from the wolves and cougars – territorial beings who KNOW WHAT THEY OWN.

          • saxonsun

            You are right and why it needs to be said, I don’t know. Our institutions as well as our language are English. And thank God for that.

          • shattered

            You bet wrong. Where do I collect my winnings. I meant “real American” in exactly the way that you used it.

          • IstvanIN

            “I” bet wrong yet you say I meant “real American” in exactly the way that you used it.. Make up your mind, either you agree with me or you do not.

        • Eddie Willers

          …except to those who deserve it by way of their having maximal opportunity to contribute to the greatness of America!

        • Bill Yap

          Except nobody wants it unless he/she is poor and broke.

        • Bill Yap

          Nobody wants American citizenship unless he/she’s poor or broke. Just look at all those multi-millionaires renouncing their US citizenship.

          • shattered

            Good point. They have been bailing France faster than a bunch of Cuban refugees whose leaky boat just crash landed on a Florida beach.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Also, the thought just occurred – since I don’t have a cell phone, I’m not sure, BUT … don’t you have to actually, you know, CHOOSE to download apps? Why did he download it in the first place?

      That would be like me going out of my way to find some rap music, downloading it, and then complaining about how cruddy it is.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Mr. Chin is also a pastor, which means he doesn’t actually have to do any genuine work.

        • FourFooted_Messiah

          Ok, that explains a LOT.

          Oh, by the way – you have to pay for apps, right?

          • Michael_C_Scott

            The only software we have here is free by the time we get it.

  • MekongDelta69

    DiversityInc. is the online bastard offspring of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    “Think what we order you to think – or we’ll crucify you.”
    Why? Because we’re ‘tolerant’ and ‘inclusive.’

    • John Stuggart

      What have you got against the SPLC. Were you a member of the KKK when they sued you?

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    If I want to be Asian, I will roll a Pandaren on World of Warcraft (and Pandarern Monks kick butt, really. and are quite desirable characters at the moment).

    I agree with Avatar NYB, someone living here who is North Americanized has no right to whine. If he’s so proud of who he is, why isn’t he living amongst his own kind in Asia?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I played as a hobgoblin in Neverwinter Nights for a while, a fighter-assassin. Bigger than a man or an orc, as smart as a man, and heaps uglier than a half-orc. I edited his appearance away from the Dungeons & Dragons model to make him quite hideous in a Tolkeinesque sense.

      The Google ap sounded quite amusing at first, but the video editing is actually quite crude. A “make me a Neandethal” ap would be entertaining if the graphics were up to snuff.

      Some folks just do not have enough to complain about if they’re worried about this stuff.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I played as a hobgoblin in Neverwinter Nights for a while, a fighter-assassin. Bigger than a man or an orc, as smart as a man, and heaps uglier than a half-orc. I edited his appearance away from the Dungeons & Dragons model to make him quite hideous in a Tolkeinesque sense.

      The Google ap sounded quite amusing at first, but the video editing is actually quite crude. A “make me a Neandethal” ap would be entertaining if the graphics were up to snuff.

      Some folks just do not have enough to complain about if they’re worried about this stuff.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        I like the Neanderthal idea, and was just thinking a “Make me a Satyr” app. I know satyrs are all supposed to be male, but hey, it would still be cool.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          I don’t think I ever saved any screenshots, as I was usually too busy doing most of the fighting. I only created and played him because the rest of the group were all spellcasters or other specialists and wanted some muscle to back them up. There may be a few from some spectacular stealthy suprise attacks with “great cleave”, “overwhelming critical” and “epic critical” going on (I was beginning to really like it when particularly dangerous foes exploded into clouds of gore). I’ll have to look.

          • FourFooted_Messiah

            I have heard some pretty good things about GW2, but some were disappointed. Something about no end-game, similar to Star Wars: The Old Republic (which recently went F2P, but is too restricted for me to want to check it out.) But, that’s what patches are for, perhaps it’s better than the last I heard of it. I checked out the original Torchlight (made by the same team who did the first two Diablos) but found it as clunky as D1 (which was great for its time, but on revisiting it a month or two ago, wow, oh, my gods.)

            And oh, a tank. I won’t be raid tank. Too much responsibility. I have had to sub as a tank (on a bear druid), and was complimented on my job; but I knew the dungeon quite well, and knew what to pull and how and when, and always checked other folks’ resources before a pull. Had to sub as a healer on a different druid (dual-specced as DPS/heals), and it wasn’t too difficult. But I prefer to just be a DPS, the sort who just bashes away at stuff until it’s dead.

            As for caster vs melee, it depends on the situation. It’s why my Skyrim character has both fireballs and a sword. But in World of Warcraft, the state that end-game is in now, well, if you want to do your daily quests at level cap, bring a plate-wearing melee with self-heals. Some idiot went and cross-referenced from Diablo 3, I think, and made the monster density WAY too high for Warcraft characters. Or I’m just a damn scrub. But as it is, I have to main a death knight in tank mode just to survive.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            I almost always play as an elf or half-elf, though half-elvish Trennes turned into a winged draconian, and Voross, who was drow eventually became an undead Wizard/Pale Master/Assassin lich in Pirates of the Sword Coast. I’m glad undeadness happened to Voross instead of a normal character.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            Oh dear; some immature twit is down-checking all of my posts. Alas! If my fate is to be unpopular with someone to whom I doubtless wouldn’t give the time of day at noon, standing next to London’s “Big Ben”, I believe I shall pour myself another stein of homebrew, warehouse work having been postponed until tomorrow.

          • FourFooted_Messiah

            Someone just doesn’t like games, or doesn’t like games where you can be something other than human. I can’t believe how many people think a game is “childish” just because it has “furry” races instead of just humans and their mutants (elves, dwarves, etc).

            Your Ung actually sounds like a fel orc from the Warcraft Outland zones.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            There’s a script for Neverwinter Nights that kills the cap at 40th level so one can advance beyond.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    I think this phenomena is called “Hipster Racism.”

    http://www.racialicious.com/2012/05/02/a-historical-guide-to-hipster-racism/

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry or just be confused when I followed that link. I followed another one from that page to someone crying over people wearing things like moccassins (it was something about being angry at “hipsters” wearing Indian stuff). “What does it mean when YOU wear it?”? What kind of question is that? I have some rubber, insulated moccasins I use as house slippers. What does it mean when I wear them? It means I have cold feet.

      I stopped reading when it got to some crap about pre-Columbian Indians being “green”. They weren’t green, they were barely evolved, technologically, from apes. It’s called being Stone Age, not “green”.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Contrary to Kermit’s assertion, it’s actually easy being green if your area has curbside recycling. Between mercilessly composting for the kitchen garden and recycling, the three of us produce very little genuine garbage.

        • FourFooted_Messiah

          Yes, I always reuse my jars and stuff, and in fact, I have to get rid of some soon; I have too many saved up to use.

          I have my pens in an old coffee can, art markers in a small peanut butter jar, and my spices in jam jars (I buy bulkish bags of it).

          I use empty bread bags for cleaning up the cat litter.

          I use grocery bags as kitchen catchers and for my desk-side trash-can.

          Now, they recently started putting a deposit on milk containers, but even cleaned out, I don’t feel comfortable having milk containers around for a month. It’s kind of a stupid idea, I think, and I just get rid of them in the building’s dumpster – but we do have dumpster-divers come around looking for such things so I just put milk containers beside it for them. (Our dumpster-divers are white, as whites are the only poor folk around, really. No band payments, and none of the incredible benefits immigrants get, see. If they’re on welfare, they probably get maybe $500/mo, and people here don’t like to hire out of towners, unless they’re immigrants. Sooo, yeah, it took a couple of months for my husband to get a job here, and he was hired by out of towners who work for immigrants, ha.)

          And yeah, I don’t believe “climate change” was the species-killer in your examples, either. Hell, the Maori pretty much confessed to killing off the Moa, a few centuries before Cook got to NZ. They simply weren’t believed at the time – until the sub-fossilized bones of the giant bird were found.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            Humans are apex-predators who prey in social packs.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Whites are stereotyped all the time with such words as “racist,” “white privilege,” “intolerant,” and “bigoted,” not to mention most egregiously of all, the implied “deserving to be disenfranchised and dispossessed in their own countries,” but never a peep about that from Chin and his despicable ilk.

    • kjh64

      Also, look at all the White stereotypes on TV-ie. “the dumb blonde” is portrayed on TV quite a bit. Also, the dumb “football jock” who is always White, the redneck sheriff or White southerners always portrayed with bad fake accents who are often shown as hicks or hillbillies etc. Texans are all portrayed as “cowboys” etc. Italian-Americans as “guidos” or “mafia”. Look at movies such as “Deliverance” etc. The common expression “i’m having a blonde moment” that people use when they do something stupid.

      • NW

        I think the ‘dumb blonde’ girl idiom was part of the White culture historically. Isn’t that so ? Either it is overplayed now a days on in the context of minorities being presented in different light this sends a different signal.

    • Bill Yap

      Whites don’t have to be stereotyped as racist or bigoted. It’s in their genes.

  • So CAL Snowman

    How is this racist? According to those whining about it, we are all one race “the human race”

  • Oil Can Harry

    I developed a new app called Make Me Black. It transforms your image into either a mugshot or the photo on an EBT card.

    • Non Humans

      Don’t forget the “Grillz” or the Ebonics Generator!!

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    Notice how every race but our’s gets offended about being immitated. If your race is so great in the first place then why get offended?

    • Non Humans

      You know the thing about all of the stereotypes, and such, is that if they weren’t guilty of the behaviors, they wouldn’t get offended.
      .
      Same goes for the non-humans. Seems like every ten years or so, they want us to change how we (PC) refer to them. The fact is, that if they weren’t guilty of all of the crimes that they commit or behave in the deplorable manners that they do, they would care less what we called them.

      • IstvanIN

        Negro, colored, black, Afro-American, black, African-American, black….yikes, just in the last 50 odd years that I can recall.

    • whiteunclerukus

      That thought has also crossed my mind. I like being White, so making fun is me for being White is sort of pointless. What bothers me is that they can make fun of us but we better not make fun of them in return. Not only would they have a problem with it, race-traitor White liberals would also have a problem with it.

      • saxonsun

        I LOVE being white.

    • tiredofyourignorance

      And what race is “YOURS”? That’s really a line of bull. There have been many bar room brawls, not to mention lynchings and beatings from the race like “YOURS” due to offense of your precious color which must be dirty white. But to the sane people of this country, you must just be a racist, so don’t take any offense, especially, since we see your from the ignorant south. YEEHAW!

  • Sam

    I just had to read Google’s 2011 diversity report.

    Lots of things about how much money they spent on scholarships, outreach and other programs. Lots about the awards they have received.

    No mention of how many black computer programmers they have. That’s the one figure I would like to see most, but I suspect it’s in the single or low double digits and Google can’t bear to publish it. You can’t create black computer engineers at the Google level for any amount of money.

    • Xanthippe2

      I do not know about Google, but I once meet a Black programmer for Apple. Actually, his code totally sucked so he basically just ran something that sounded like a supply closet. However, he was classified as a programmer and paid as one too. At a company lunch event all the other programmers told him that, although he wasn’t involved in any projects, he was really quite important. Everyone needs staples and Post-It notes at times and how would they get them without him?

      • YoungWoman

        I asked a math and computer science-oriented friend of mine what the field with the least room for affirmative action is and he said programming. That made sense to me because there would be absolutely no way to pretend someone was better at it than they were. Even in a field like math you can give a professorship to a worse person but programming is totally objective.

        I suppose now I can tell my friend that there is a way to do AA in programming: hire a person as a “programmer” and not have them program. So I guess now in affirmative action it’s ok to say that something is a person’s job and pay them for it but it’s not actually their job?

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Laboratory chemistry. I never met any blacks or hispanics in my old field.

        • convairXF92

          Disagree strongly that programming is totally objective. Standards for programming methodology and programming style change all the time, and there often are “religious wars” about whether structure X is permissible in code or not, how much on-paper pre-planning/diagramming one must/should/can do before writing the first line of code, etc. These issues “got me” on a number of jobs, where (because my main interest isn’t software and I wasn’t keeping up with the industry) I “got caught” using a recently-jettisoned, earlier iteration of software engineering “policy”.

          You can have perfectly good code, no bugs, no inefficiencies, written at a good pace and debugged rapidly, and still be on the wrong side of the Software Lords.

      • Sam

        I’ve met one black programmer in my career. He was at a major company, obviously an AA hire, and everyone could see he did very poor quality work.

        I know Steve Jobs was upset about the lack of black programming talent: http://www.urbanfaith.com/2011/10/steve-jobs%E2%80%99-passion-for-diversity.html/

        It’s interesting that American businesses are not doing well outside of our powerful tech industry. Our tech industry is the one place where there is no AA, there can be no disparate impact lawsuits, and you can screen employees with IQ tests. Must be a coincidence!

        • Xanthippe2

          I iwould not say the programmers are hired by merit only with no regard to ethnicity. Plenty of Chinese will only hire and promote Chinese and Indians will only hire and promote Indians. They will not hire a more qualified White a co-ethnic. At my husband’s company some meetings were in Cantonese. Others supposedly working on the project could not partticipate. This company was owned by “Whites” (most Jewish, but many not).

      • Xanthippe2

        I iwould not say the programmers are hired by merit only with no regard to ethnicity. Plenty of Chinese will only hire and promote Chinese and Indians will only hire and promote Indians. They will not hire a more qualified White a co-ethnic. At my husband’s company some meetings were in Cantonese. Others supposedly working on the project could not partticipate. This company was owned by “Whites” (most Jewish, but many not).

    • Xanthippe2

      I do not know about Google, but I once meet a Black programmer for Apple. Actually, his code totally sucked so he basically just ran something that sounded like a supply closet. However, he was classified as a programmer and paid as one too. At a company lunch event all the other programmers told him that, although he wasn’t involved in any projects, he was really quite important. Everyone needs staples and Post-It notes at times and how would they get them without him?

      • convairXF92

        When I first started doing software for pay, there was a stereotype in the industry of a certain type of “dumb Chinese guy” lacking in creativity and insight, and who could not be cured of his bad coding habits. At one worksite, disorganized and hard-to-debug code was baptized “Supong Code”, after one Supong who had written about 15K lines of mess; mess being the best he could possibly do.

  • Laa laa la la

    I think the best way to deal with all these complaints, cribbing etc is ignore. You don’t bark at a dog down the street, if it barks at you, do you ? It gets tiring, really. The only difference between the two scenarios is to ignore a dog, is almost reflexive in such a situation but for a company or a person to ignore you should have patience and a bit of a nerve . I am Indian.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I’m partly Indian as well, but that’s of the “scalping” and not “convenience store” variety.

  • potato78
  • http://www.newnation.org/ sbuffalonative

    I wonder if an old white racist man developed this app or if some young person who grew up learning about the evils of hate and racism created this app.

    • NewGunOwner

      Why isn’t anyone complaining about any of the developer’s other apps? Surely there’s some mileage in attacking “Make Me Fat”? It’s clearly weight-ist.

      • YoungWoman

        People probably have. “Average-Sized Body Privilege” is on PC people’s list of “privileges”; two of my extreme leftist facebook friends have posted serious statuses about it.

  • Korean guy

    I am an Asian person and I also use a Samsung phone that runs on Android Jellybean built by Google but I do not feel offended by the app mentioned in this article. A small mobile app that deals with the “common appearance” of Asians is not enough to hurt me. I am a fully grown adult now and I do not get hurt that easily. I was showered with attention from someone last evening and that made me so happy and my “real life” is what heavily controls and influences my emotional state. And there are always exceptions. For example, I am taller than most people around me, regardless of the age.

    Just because a non-Asian person says “A typical Asian person’s appearance is this and that”, that does not mean that is a rude thing. In the same way, If I ever say “a typical white person looks like this and that” or “a typical black person looks like this and that” that is not a rude thing. There is no “disrespect” or “looking down upon someone” in stating the common appearance of people of other races.

    • Korean guy

      regardless of the race…. I meant!! sorry

    • Michael_C_Scott

      So you wouldn’t mind my assuming that your hair is black or that your complexion is not very different from mine. ACHTUNG! STEREOTYPING!

  • Korean guy

    When Caroline Wozniacki did an impersonation of Serena Williams it was harmless and amusing. Serena Williams laughed it off herself.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Eddie Murphy did quite well making fun of blacks during his Saturday Night Live days.

  • whiteyyyyy

    He’s got a point, they dont have the balls to do a black app, they know they would’nt get away with it.

    • YoungWoman

      The more a group has about them to make fun of, the less ok it is to make fun of them.

  • josh

    I bet John Engleman loved that Make Me Asian app!(Just kidding of course,as “Engleman” IS Asian)

  • Dude

    Holy frig I’m offended by the ‘Make Me Irish’ app! In this day and age… :`(

  • Bill Yap

    There were complaints about the apps itself anyway. (Go read the comments in Play Store) The app should be improved and maybe it can be released as “make me Cauc”. Ever thought what you would look like as a traditional Dutch or Greek or one of those Englishmen wearing a wig? I’m sure the remaining 80% of the world’s population would like to find out.

  • sad star

    Whenever someone screams “racism” it is more than half the times, liberal whites who are screaming “racism” or non-whites who are very insecure or were looking for any cheap way to make money. Serena Williams did not feel offended when another smaller blond white athlete did an impersonation. In this case, I am sure the Asians who are upset at this “Asianization” app are a very small minority.

  • Pvt_Jaybird

    I looked at the other apps and there are “Make me Irish” and “Make me Russian” choices as well. Although they could be considered more “racist”, both give the user black eyes and the Russian app adds a Soviet ushanka, of course, no one is complaining about either.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    My daughter is 13/32 white, and the rest Japanese and Amerind. She has brown hair, grey eyes and my nose and mannerisms. Sayaka and I joke about wondering who her mother was. Sometimes I wonder what the tipping point really is. Only the epicanthic eyefolds seem to be a dominant feature in eurasians.

    As husband and wife, we remind ourselves of our differences every day, as we always shower together. She finds my hands amazing, as the callouses are growing together to form something like hooves on the palm side of my knuckles; I shave the callouses with a sharp knife when they grow too thick. My mother has long said my hands looked like “serial killer’s” hands. I’ve never done that with them, but they’re great for opening stuck jars. They’ve also been variously called “ape hands” by my friends.

    Racial, ethnic, economic and sexual stereotypes are useful only up to a point.

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    I do get why some people are complaining about this in our victimology focused modern world. However, when did slanted eyes for Asians or darker skin for Indians become “stereotypes,” as this article specifically calls them, rather than simple, undeniable facts of nature?
    I wonder sometimes how far the Left is going to take this denial of reality thing in the end.

    • robinbishop34

      They’re running for the endzone.

  • Mike Lane

    I’m kind of flattered by this. They get offended by whites wanting to look like them, yet they are the ones getting the eyelid surgery, hair coloring, and writing mangas with white looking characters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002919200750 John Smith

    Funny how all the butthurt asians seem to come from the US. Asian nations haven’t been subjected to our “marxist ethno-sensitive indoctrination”, so their citizens couldn’t care less about the app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002919200750 John Smith

    This would be my corporate apology to the butthurt asians, if I were the app developer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwsTlNDYew8