updated 08:29 pm EST, Thu January 16, 2014
Parody of Mattel's Barbie only achieves beauty through plastic surgery
A disturbing series of "game" apps that promoted plastic surgery and other artificial methods of achieving female beauty have been pulled by Apple and Google following complaints. Apps with titles like "Plastic Surgery for Barbara," "Barbie Dentist," and "Santa Eye Doctor" have been removed, all by developer "corina rodriguez." In the plastic surgery simulation, players would perform a lipsuction operation, after which the overweight Barbie-esque character would be "slim and beautiful."
A previous version of the plastic surgery "game" was titled "Plastic Surgery for Barbie," despite the fact that Mattel had no involvement with the product and would likely have litigated the matter had it been aware, tweeting on Thursday that the games have since been removed. The app's description read: "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?"
Neither Apple nor the developer have commented on the removal. Google, which followed Apple's removal a few hours later, said only that the company removes applications from Google Play "that violate our policies." On iTunes, the app originally had a rating of nine years old or later, but those objecting to the program were more concerned that the "games" ever got approved by Apple and Google in the first place.