Apple App #FAIL: Peekaboo Tranny

via The Bilerico Project and this LiveJournal post

We’ve seen Apple make all sorts of decisions about how to handle their apps. Rather than go with an open platform, Apple has decided to maintain very tight control over how developers can write them and which apps to approve. Given that all apps need to be approved, it amounts to a de facto endorsement of anything you see in iTunes.

So it’s especially irritating that they approved Peekaboo Tranny. The idea behind it is that you take a photo and the app adds an image of a someone who’s supposedly a transgender woman to make it funny. Here’s the description from the Apple page:

 

Girlfriend, you may think that picture you’re taking is super cute, but wait until one of our fierce tranny gals jumps in and makes it a party!

Here are a couple of images that they used to illustrate how it looks.

I’m not really sure how this is supposed to be funny. And it’s especially annoying because Apple still tags most LGBT apps as “contain age-restricted material,” requiring  you to enter your password to confirm you’re 18+. Peekaboo Tranny plays off of transphobia and gets through the approval process when educational apps about sex get blocked. Not cool.

Maybe it’s the start of some other offensive stereotype apps. Look! It’s an Asian man and he’s doing math! It’s someone in a sombrero sneaking across the border!

Sigh.

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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