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A ‘Shoot the Gays’ Game Released on Google App Store

Shoot-naked-homosexuals-gam  A ‘Shoot the Gays’ Game Released on Google App Store Shoot naked homosexuals gamGoogle has outraged LGBT mobile users for hosting a game that allows players to shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you.[1]    Ass Hunter has been playable online 2006 but was uploaded to the Google Play app  on November 5. “Popular game hunting on gays is now on android!” the description read. “Play and do not be gay!” reads the short description of a free mobile phone game downloaded 10,000 times from Google Play and which even received over 200 five-star reviews before it was pulled from the Android app store. [2] Before it was deleted, the game carried a content rating of ‘Everyone’. [3] The official description of the written by the uploaders AppDay reads: ‘Legendary game, where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you.  ‘Remember! When they catch you they will do with you whatever they want.’   [4] The app managed to pass Google’s moderators and get onto the Play app store before the company was alerted to its presence and content, and removed it. [5] In the game, players control a hunter with a shotgun who must kill naked men before they approach him. It’s a  top-down, first-person-shooter format. If you fail to shoot the gays, they swarm your player and rape you. When this happens then the game shows a cartoon depiction of the men having sex with the hunter. [4] A spokesman for gay rights charity Stonewall issued a response to the game, saying to ITV:

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. [6]

The game was finally removed after a Twitter campaign asking users to flag the app to administrators, though some said that the process should have been much quicker. [7] GSN reader Michael Boudreau said he and several of his friends had already complained to Google about the game.  [8] ‘In this day and age, it’s hard to see a game designed with the sole intent of quite literally targeting LGBT individuals,’ he said.  ‘If Google is not aware of the content of this app, they should be!’   Toronto-based writer, Travis Myers, told GSN that he found the presence of Ass Hunter on the Google Play store ‘abhorrent.’  ‘[9] While it is just an app there is absolutely no ambiguity about the homophobic intent of this game — this is a game for people who fantasize about killing gay people,’ he said.  ‘Google has affirmed its status as an LGBTQ ally many times in the past but I think the fact that this game was uploaded and available on their App Store means they can and should do better to support gay rights, especially in light of recent high profile cases of homophobic violence around the world.’  [10] Oddly enough, the game has an overwhelming number of five- star ratings on the Google Play store. Google have yet to comment on the game, but did tell ITV that they do not comment on individual apps.

Google was forced to remove Bomb Gaza from its app store in August after a social media backlash over the game, which allowed players to pilot an Israeli air force jet to ‘drop bombs and avoid killing civilians.’    In August Google were criticised for allowing a game called “Bomb Gaza” – a self-explanatory game about the Israel-Palestine conflict – to be made available through their app store. In 2011 Google again angered the LGBT community when an app called “Is My Son Gay?” provoked controversy. [11] Google’s app content policies ban ‘depictions of gratuitous violence’ and ‘materials that threaten, harass or bully other users.’  The Google Play developer program policies state that any app with violence and bullying, hate speech and sexually explicit material are prohibited. However, the app was still uploaded onto the servers. [12 There also a hate speech clause that forbids ‘advocating against groups of people based on their… sexual orientation/gender identity.’  According to the Gay Star News, Google has reached out to the media saying that the game has been removed, but they are not commenting any further on individual apps. [$$] The game was taken down, but there is still game play footage of the offensive game — which has graphic language and content — on YouTube.

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[1] Darren Wee, ‘Shoot the gays’ game released on Google app store, Gay Star News, 24 November 2014
[2] Andrew Griffin, ‘Ass Hunter’ game where players ‘kill gays’ pulled from Google’s app store after outcry, The Independent, Monday 24 November 2014; Ben Skipper, Homophobic Ass Hunter App: Gay-Killing Game Pulled from Google Play, International Business Time, November 24, 2014 16:37 GMT; James Cook, Google Just Removed a Game about Killing Gay People from the Android App Store, Slate, November 24, 2014
[4] James Cook, Google Just Removed A Game About Killing Gay People From The Android App Store, Business Insider, Nov. 24, 2014, 10:19 AM
[6] Google under fire after game involving shooting homosexuals goes on sale in app store, ITV, 24 November 2014 at 2:53pm; Ben Skipper, Homophobic Ass Hunter App: Gay-Killing Game Pulled from Google Play, International Business Time, November 24, 2014 16:37 GMT
[8] Darren Wee, ‘Shoot the gays’ game released on Google app store, Gay Star News, 24 November 2014
[9] Darren Wee, ‘Shoot the gays’ game released on Google app store, Gay Star News, 24 November 2014
[10]Darren Wee, ‘Shoot the gays’ game released on Google app store, Gay Star News, 24 November 2014
[11] Ben Skipper, Homophobic Ass Hunter App: Gay-Killing Game Pulled from Google Play, International Business Time, November 24, 2014 16:37 GMT
[12 Alejandro Alba, Google Play takes down homophobic game that had 10K downloads, New York Daily News, Monday, November 24, 2014, 1:15 PM
[13] Darren Wee, ‘Shoot the gays’ game released on Google app store, Gay Star News, 24 November 2014

Jennifer Smith, Fury as Google allows users to download game featuring hunters shooting naked homosexuals which tells people ‘your mission is to kill as many gays as possible’, Daily Mail,  12:33 GMT, 24 November 2014

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