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Apple, Google pull disturbing 'Plastic Surgery' app from stores

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Raman

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 03-15-01

    but it's alright to have games in which you can shoot and otherwise hurt people.... because that's ok...

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 07-13-09

    Raman, it's ok because you mainly get to shoot white males.

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    nowwhatareyou: LOL! signed, white male

    This action seems too PC for my taste...people need to have more resiliency to any supposed detrimental effect these games have. If nothing else, have the game offer a reverse procedure...change Barbie into an overweight model. It may be stupid, but I just don't see this rising to the level of a "hate" or "obscene" app.

    (FYI, I have no and would have no intention of owning this app.)

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    The point about shooting apps is a good one, but it's an age-old discussion.

    I am very happy that I could finally buy Carmageddon from the App Store (my favorite and most-played game by far for almost two decades).

    I remember well that it couldn't be sold in the EU in the 90s until they made the blood green and called the pedestrians "zombies" for the euro version.

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    I don't know. Citizens United would seem to allow for Apple excising unwanted features to improve their appearance. ;)

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    It's also amusing to see the ad for Tips to a flat stomach come up on this same page.

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