An app recently offered on the Google App store has landed Google in the middle of a controversy. The app, called the “Ass Hunter,” features a man with a double barrel shotgun who shoots homosexuals.
The app was uploaded by App Day and was downloaded more than 10,000 times before Google removed it. The cost to bigoted downloaders looking to make themselves feel better at the expense of others? Free.
The reprehensible game’s tagline stated:
Popular game hunting on gays is now on android! Play and do not be gay!
Google hasn’t commented on how the app made it past its moderators, nor does it comment on individual apps. This particular slip-up hasn’t gone unnoticed.
LGBT charity Stonewall found the app less than amusing, calling it “extremely offensive.” The charity released a statement through a spokesperson:
This will be incredibly offensive to a lot of people. We’re glad to see they’ve acted quickly to take it down but technology companies have a responsibility to help protect people, particularly young people from incredibly offensive material which portrays gay men as predators and with characters whose sole mission it is to murder. It’s an incredibly damaging message.
Incredibly damaging indeed. Google policy does not allow apps that glorify hate speech, bigotry, racism or the targeting of a specific group, yet it took them nearly 19 days to pull the app.
In that 19 days more than 10,000 downloads presumably led to the virtual death of who knows how many imaginary gay men, depicted as pedophiles and sexual deviants, at the hands of imbeciles and ignoramuses.
Stupidity of this caliber is typically reserved for 30 something morons who still laugh at their own flatulence and middle-aged men still angry and confused about their own sexuality, but with the open platform of the Google App Store this little piece of loserdom was available for almost three weeks so children with an account could begin their stereotyping and bigotry at a ripe young age.
Well done, Google. If only there was some way to flag words like “ass” when approving an app for upload.