Apple Pulls Sickening Barbie Game From iTunes Store
I kid you not- there actually was a game in the iTunes store, recommended for kids aged 9 and up, that let them give a very overweight “Barbie” liposuction to make her pretty again. How horrifying is that?!
The “Barbie Plastic Surgery Game” 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.”
While the game has been pulled from the iTunes store, some parents actually purchased the game and let their kids play it. In the game, kids had to identify 6 “problem areas” and then they’d get right to work starting on Barbie’s stomach. First, they’d give her a shot of local anesthetic and then make an incision using a scalpel. Next, they’d use a liposuction machine to “pump” the fat out of Barbie’s stomach, and then stitch up the wound and cover it with bandages. Just when you thought it couldn’t get more horrifying, it did. After working on Barbie’s tummy, kids moved on to fix Barbie’s “fat face,” as the game described it.
In the final stage of the game, kids got to dress the newly slimmed Barbie in fancy clothes, hair and makeup, and then were asked to compare Barbie before and after.
More than 4,000 Twitter users re-tweeted a post from women’s rights group Everyday Sexism calling on Apple to ditch the app and thanks to the backlash, they did.
Group spokesperson Laura Bates said: “It’s hugely damaging that this app sends the message to girls as young as 9 that being skinny is the holy grail, their looks are the only thing that matters and the only way to [become skinny] is plastic surgery. It just contributes to a culture that tells young girls that they need to change themselves to be acceptable to society.”