UPDATE: iTunes has removed this app from its store.
Want your child to stop playing iPhone games that further their development in favor of games that teach them about how sucking your stomach fat out through a vacuum tube is supposed to make you beautiful? There's an app for that.
An iPhone game called Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version marketed for players ages 9 and up is creating all kinds of controversy on account of the fact that it's a plastic surgery game that little kids can play. Well, like we always say, if you want to teach your children about liposuction, better get that knowledge into them before age 10. Yes, even before the birds and the bees talk. Just kidding, no one should ever say that ever.
But seriously, this game. The premise is simple: there is a Barbie-type character who, according to the description, is an "unfortunate girl" that "has so much extra weight that no diet can help her." So the player can put her "through surgery that will make her slim and beautiful." Does your soul feel gross yet? Just wait.
Below is a list of possible actions in the game. Some of them are real and some of them we just made up. Can you guess which is which?
• Give Barbie a local anesthetic on her stomach
• Pump out her fat using a liposuction tube
• Operate on Barbie's fat face by slicing it open
• Make incisions in her skin and stich her up after the surgery
• Perform liposuction on her face
• Suck fat from both the hips and stomach area
• Take off bandages to reveal a scarred and swollen face
Think you know which ones are real and which ones are fake? Psych! Those are all real things that happen in the game. Yes, kids as young as 9 years old can digitally slice open a women's face to suck the fat out. Forget about how graphic and gross that is for a moment and focus on the fact that this game is wildly inappropriate for young children (and for humans in general).
You can view more photos and descriptions of the game here at the iTunes store. Or better yet, you can give your kid a book or tell them to go outside for a bit.
If this game continues to exist, might we suggest adding a level where the women goes to therapy first to talk about why she thinks she needs plastic…You know what? No. This game should just not exist.
(H/T to Buzzfeed)
(Originally published on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 11:36 AM PT)