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Trayvon Martin game removed

- July 10th, 2013
"Angry Trayon" Facebook fan page

“Angry Trayon” Facebook fan page. (SCREENSHOT)

Angry Trayvon, a mobile game, about a black teen in a hooded sweatshirt going on a killing rampage has been pulled from the Google Play store, CNET reports.

The Android game is apparently inspired by Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old high school student who was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for the area, is currently on trial for second-degree murder in the case. Zimmerman’s lawyers are using a  “stand-your-ground” defence – a controversial state law that allows the use of deadly force in an expanded definition of self-defence.

In the game, you apparently could go on a “world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday.” You would choose from a variety of weapons to kill the baddies from all over the globe.

Change.org launched  a petition to get the game removed from Google Play, where it was selling for $1.99:

“This application unnecessarily promotes violence and exploits the unfortunate death of Trayvon Martin. I am sure his parents not appreciate the image of their son as a gun toting vigilante. The death of this young man is NOT A GAME.  This developer is using the Google Marketplace to exploit the death of an unarmed teen for profit while simultaneously promoting violence.  Given the racial and social climate surrounding this issue and the unfair depiction of a deceased minor who perished as a result of gun violence, we are asking that this application be moved from the Google Play marketplace immediately. “

In response to the outrage, the developer Trade Digital apologized and took down the game:

“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.”

A Facebook fan page still exists though.

What do you think? Is an Angry Trayvon game insensitive? Let us know in the comments.

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1 comment

  1. Martin | July 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Obviously in bad taste.

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