So, the Minipops application. When Matt and I began sending emails regarding making the application, we agreed that some extra content should be added; basically because we’d be asking you if you wanted to buy something that you can look at for free on the Web site. So, I decided to write a little bit about each of the one thousand people represented as Minipops. I said that without really thinking about how much work that’d be. Then one day, smoking in the garden I added up what it would be if I wrote fifteen words about each Minipop. 15,000 words. Gulp.
I set to it, and powered through the letters of the alphabet. It took about a month, on and off, to do. (It ended up being around 21,000 words.) Towards the end of the writing, we discussed that maybe I should make it clear in certain entries, the things said are my opinions, not facts. Those which were particularly scathing were changed to words along the lines of “[Band X] aren’t my cup of tea.” Still, these entries didn’t occur too often, and along the way, there were a fair few funny things written even if I do say so myself.
The Minipops application has been rejected.
The iPhone Developer Program email says:
Thank you for submitting Minipops 0.9 to the App Store. We’ve reviewed Minipops 0.9 and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because it contains content that ridicules public figures and is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement which states:
“Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.”
Please see examples attached.
If you believe that you can make the necessary changes so that Minipops 0.9 does not violate the iPhone SDK Agreement we encourage you to do so and resubmit it for review.
iPhone Developer Program
You wanna see a couple of the examples they attached? Here you go.
Now, let’s look at those one by one:
I’ve essentially typed words that represent a sigh for the Condoleezza Rice entry.
For the Obama entry, I’ve complimented the president’s family.
I’ve just asked a question about human nature under the Kim Jong-il Minipop. (Okay, I said he was a bad egg, but what’s gonna he gonna do? Sue Apple?).
And, well, the Hitler one… being charitable to Apple, I guess not mentioning all the horrible things that Hitler did may be offensive to Jewish people, but, y’know… (Off topic, here’s a link to Mel Brooks’ “Hitler Rap” on YouTube.) Or maybe they don’t want any of Adolf’s remaining relatives (are there any?) to be tarred with an accusation that states that one of their forefathers tainted a style of moustache.
Right now I’m pretty angry about this. Our guess is that these are just examples of what they find offensive, so tomorrow, we’ll be stripping the app of all the text, and re-submitting it. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Update: Derick mentioned Trent Reznor’s beef with Apple in the comments. Link to Rolling Stone article. Let us not forget that this is the same iTunes Store that is happily selling a song with the lyrics “Do I look like a muthafuckin’ role model?/To a kid lookin’ up to me/Life ain’t nothin’ but bitches and money/Cause I’m the type of nigga that’s built to last/If ya fuck with me I’ll put a foot in ya ass.” Now, I just plucked that song off the top of my head; I’m no Tipper Gore, and don’t think that Apple should stop selling N.W.A. albums, but c’mon: in for a muthafuckin’ penny…