iTunes recently removed a plastic surgery app for young girls from the app store after it sparked an uproar on the internet.
The app called “Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version” was launched last week by Corina Game and was rated for users aged 9 and above due to “infrequent/mildly realistic violence.”
The description of the game on the app store stated, “This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. 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 [sic], doctor?”
The plastic surgery app allowed girls to become plastic surgeons and perform tasks like inject anesthetic, make incisions, and suction out fat from “problem areas.”
The woman’s rights group Everyday Sexism Project started a Twitter campaign asking iTunes to “reconsider marketing this crap to players aged 9+.” The tweet was retweeted and reposted by hundreds of Twitter users and iTunes removed the app several hours later.
Everyday Sexism Project also campaigned to have a similar plastic surgery app removed from the Google Play store. Google Play also removed the app.