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Apple and Google pull Plastic Surgery game aimed at children

Apple and Google pull Plastic Surgery game aimed at children

Plastic Surgery for Barbie

Apple and Google have both removed a game from their mobile app stores that encouraged children to perform cosmetic surgery on a girl who "has so much extra weight that no diet can help her."

Plastic Surgery for Barbie, was marked as being suitable for children aged 9 and over yet tasked players with carrying out liposuction on the character's "six problem areas".

"In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful," the game's description reads.

Understandably there has been a strong negative reaction to the game and Apple and Google have responded to remove it.

Not helping the game's cause is that it isn't actually sanctioned by the owner of the Barbie name, Mattel. In a statement the company said, "At Mattel, we take our commitment to children seriously and work hard to ensure there are no unauthorized uses of our brands that may be unsafe or inappropriate for children."

A similar app call Plastic Surgery Barbara appeared shortly after the original game was pulled but this is also no longer available.

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Shirty 16th January 2014, 12:04 Quote
Not quite as creepy but definitely as weird, I walked in the other day to find my 2.5 year old daughter playing Little Throat Doctor on my Nexus 7. Quite how the hell she managed to download it still eludes me, but at least it was free.

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r3loaded 16th January 2014, 14:08 Quote
Who the hell expends so much time and effort on such a terrible idea of a game?

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Pete J 16th January 2014, 14:15 Quote
*Reads article*

*Scrolls down to comments section*

*Notices sponsored content proclaiming '1 simple tip to blast fat & drop 3 dress sizes in 7 days'*

There's probably a good chance to point out something poignant there but I can't be bothered.
mi1ez 16th January 2014, 19:55 Quote
I wouldn't say the girl in the picture has "has so much extra weight that no diet can help her."

Besides the more obvious moral implications, I can't see how this would be a fun game anyway! Tap the podge in 6 possible areas? Makes being at work seem entertaining!
Cheapskate 16th January 2014, 22:00 Quote
I bet the guy who programmed this is planning a bacon cooking factory on the northern border of South Korea...
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