This week, parents–and anyone else with an iota of common sense–expressed outrage over the discovery of the Barbie Plastic Surgery App, whose name was soon changed to Barbara for legal reasons. As for ethical changes? Not so much. The app, rated for kids 9+ (just the age they should be fretting about their thighs) describes "Barbara" as an unfortunate girl with so much extra weight that no diet can help her. Kids are then instructed to go to clinic for liposuction to "make her slim and beautiful" after which they get to slice up her face graphically.
I only wish I were kidding.
While there's a ton of buzz about this app which has since been pulled, we looked into the developer, Corina Rodriguez, and it seems she (it?) has a whole bunch of soulless, ethically-devoid, WTF-is-she-thinking children's apps on the app store. They are all free, and not surprisingly, packed with pop-up ads with every click.
My favorite part: half of them are filed under Kids-Educational.
Because four-year-olds need to be educated on the horrors of hairy
legs, nurses who exist purely for your ogling pleasure, and how it's
appropriate to show up to the dentist wearing a bikini. What are those
iTunes store standards again?
Beauty Nurse Makeover & Dress up & Acne Office
Do you like a nurse?Beautiful female nurse, she is very Beautiful oh Unfortunately, her face covered with acne, come help her do some beauty to improve skin!
Age rating: 4+
Babe Dentist & Babe Dress Up & Babe Makeover
This girl is very beautiful, but she has big problems with her teeth! Let's eliminate this problem which prevents her from living a normal life!
Age rating: 4+
And just because…
The legal department from Toca Boca might want to take a look at this one.
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This post originally appeared on Cool Mom Tech. Republished with permission.