[ View the story "'Angry Trayvon' app accused of trivialising fatal shooting" on Storify] 'Angry Trayvon' app accused of trivialising fatal shooting Netizens say developers turned slain teen's life into a game.
The Stream· Tue, Jul 09 2013 10:00:43
From the app's description:
Trayvon is angry and nobody can stop him from completing his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday. Use a variety of weapons to demolish Trayvon's attackers in various cities around the world.play.google.com
The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores. Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment. This was by no means a racist game. Nonetheless, it was removed as will this page and anything associated with the game will be removed.
Angry users flooded the profile with outrage, though some encouraged moderation from critics:
in trying to make him the hero yyouplayed into a sterotype for young african american men that people are trying to use against him and us. no matter your intentions this was not okay. a young man lost his life and that's not for you to make a game about.Audrey Simone
Spend your time working on a game that doesn't take advantage of the murder of an innocent child. It's that simple.Sara Lynn Michener
I agree that this is outrageous and down right disrespectful to his memory and to jis family however threats of violence is not nor ever is the right responseDanyell Buildingwalls Webster
Others online focused on the developers' claims that the app was not meant to be racist.
I don't know if I'm more shocked that the ppl that created Angry Trayvon game apologized or DIDN'T MEAN FOR IT TO BE RACIST. OMG.Candace Armstrong
@jasiri_x a game trivializing a black man's death doesn't surprise me when it comes from a culture that trivializes a black man's life.Nestlé Snipes
Some tied the app to the ongoing trial of George Zimmerman for Martin's murder:
Between this Angry Trayvon app and the defense trying to show a Zimmerman animated cartoon in court? Damn. I can't this morning.ProfB
@rebel_witacause @megboog Unfortunately, I think it's gonna end badly, all the way around. Trial and aftermath. Preparing myself.Tamera M. Woodard