An online Twitter campaign against a newly released plastic surgery app has led to the removal of the app from both Apple and Google Play stores.
The free app, called “Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version,” claimed to teach young girls aged 9 and above to perform virtual plastic surgery. The description of the game read: “This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. In our clinic she will go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful.”
Users were asked to perform liposuction and all manner of plastic surgery to make an overweight blonde model thin and gorgeous. Syringes and scalpels were used by users to ‘operate’ on the model. After the model was operated, the bandages on the model’s body come off revealing a thin and a beautiful girl. This is not it, even clothes and accessories were made available to dress up the newly slim model.
Everyday Sexism demanded immediate removal of the game and hundreds of twitter users lauded the app to be “truly awful” and disgusting.”
While nobody from Apple made any official comment on the matter, a Google spokesperson clarified saying that the company do not comment on individual apps, but the apps found to be breaching any of their guidelines would be removed without any delay.