has rejected an application that simulates the shoe incident occurring at a press event attended by former US President, George W. Bush. At least one source was able to post the developer's answer to the rejection.
Obviously, the app's maker was outraged by Apple's decision. Given that iTunes currently offers stuff like uncensored South Park
episodes (and more), anyone would be just as angry. But that wasn't the developer's reason to get all upset.
While some are probably already surfing for those South Park episodes by now, those of you still reading may remember that this isn't Apple's first move of the sort. Not by far
, actually. The good thing is that Apple always justifies its actions when rejecting an application. So, here's what the company told the developer of MyShoe, an app that requires you to hold the iPhone like a shoe and whip it at a caricatured picture of Bush:
"We cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because it contains content that ridicules public figures."
The Pakistani developer responded, saying, "I feel this is huge discrimination against public opinion, as major portion of world rejects bush polices on Iraq and attacks on Pakistan," according to PocketGamer. The developer apparently wanted to make an important statement of political feeling, the site notes
. Indeed, it sounds that way.
, we were able to get the developer’s description of how MyShoe works.1. You hold the IPhone like a shoe.
2. Press on Start button.
3. System, starts saying 3, 2, 1 and Go.
4. You, swing your arm (as you are throwing) without throwing.
5. Application will figure out how hard did you throw the shoe at him and it may or may miss the cartoon.
6. It shoes [sic] the total number of shoes that have been hit at the cartoon.
7. We started with Bush, but next in line were Bin-Laden and other figures as well (apparent from the splash screen).
Would you have downloaded this app from the iTunes App Store? Post your answer in the comments and, who knows, maybe “someone” will hear you.