Free 'Barbie' plastic surgery app for kids pulled from market
Rated 9+ for "Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence," the iTunes app "Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital office for Barbie Version" is a parent's worst nightmare. If the long title did not describe enough, this app created by Corina Rodriguez allows your child to virtually "perform" plastic surgery on "Barbie."
Not licensed by Mattel, this Barbie knock-off is described in the official iTunes App Store as an "unfortunate girl [who] 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, doctor?"
After a social media uproar, with angry app users reaching out to iTunes and Google Play, "Everyday Sexism" on Twitter confirmed that the early January posted app has been removed (for now) from the iTunes App Store.
But for the curious, this is what your child could have done for free: "Give Barbie a local anesthetic on her stomach -- pump out her fat using liposuction tube -- operate on Barbie's fat face by slicing it open -- make incisions in her skin and stitch her up after surgery -- perform liposuction on her face -- suck fat from both the hips and the stomach area -- take off bandages to reveal a scarred and swollen face," describes E!.
Google Play also has an app under developer Natalya Staritsyna called "Plastic Surgery." According to The Independent, the description resembles iTunes' former app, however "Barbara likes to eat a lot of burgers and chocolates" and the surgery is to help her "return cute" but "she is afraid of all of this." The Independent also notes that "the app description on Google Play suggests that it has been installed between 500,000 and one million times."
So, does your 9+ year-old know what plastic surgery is? If so, would you have allowed them to download this "game?" Let us know in the comments below and/or find us on Facebook.