Mobile game ‘Angry Trayvon’ pulled from Google Play store in wake of outrage, petition

Mobile-game-Angry-Trayvon-pulled- Google- Play- store-jemblog-dot-comThe polarizing trial of Trayvon Martin’s killer continues in Florida, but the verdict is in on the controversial mobile game “Angry Trayvon.”
Under heavy pressure, the game’s embattled developers said Monday that “Angry Trayvon” has been pulled from the Google Play store, where it was available for purchase for Android phones.

Fast Company reports the mobile appplication launched in late December, 10 months after Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla.
“The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores,” Trade Digital said in a release. “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.”

In the game, an animated character wearing a hoodie similar to the one Martin was wearing at the time of his death uses different weapons for “his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday,” according to CNET.com.
In real life, George Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman, currently on trial for the murder of Martin, says the shooting was self-defense.

“The death of this young man is NOT A GAME,” reads a petition on Change.org that is now closed. “This developer is using the Google Marketplace to exploit the death of an unarmed teen for profit while simultaneously promoting violence.”

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