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Apple doesn't want you throwing your shoes at George W. Bush

Dubya gets to save face (from virtual shoe leather)

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Product: MyShoe | Genre: Arcade, Celebrity
For: iPhone
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It might be difficult to get onboard with foreign policies, but George Dubya Bush has proven he can still be an entertaining figure even now he’s out of office.

The net’s been bulging at the sides with mini-games featuring the infamous shoe throwing incident that occurred during Dubya’s recent visit to Iraq, though a similar iPhone app has failed to make it through the submissions process.

The game, called MyShoe, requires you to hold the iPhone like a shoe (not quite sure how exactly a shoe’s meant to be held, but anyway) and whip it at a caricatured picture of George. It measures how hard and accurately you lobbed your loafer at the last pres and awards points accordingly.

Unfortunately, Apple wimped out when it came to lampooning a political figure, and blocked the game from App Store distribution, saying:

“We cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because it contains content that ridicules public figures.”

The Pakistani developer has responded to Apple’s rejection quite severely, and apparently feels that his game is an important statement of political feeling in the area George Bush visited during the incident.

“I feel this is huge discrimination against public opinion, as major portion of world rejects bush polices on Iraq and attacks on Pakistan.”

Apple makes no claims toward allowing any kind of free speech through the App Store, of course, and is well known for erring on the side of caution when it comes to handing out approvals.

Although it’s worth noting that all 12 series of South Park (uncensored), a weekly political podcast direct from the White House and an explicit satire of the White House podcast are all currently available through iTunes.

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Spanner Spencer 6 February 2009
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Dec 2008
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klouud | 18:32 - 31 March 2009
The funny part about the whole thing was that in the Middle East, throwing your shoes is one of the most disrespectful things you can do to a person.
Anonymous | 10:26 - 31 March 2009
Finally, MyShoe is back again with enhanced and appealing features and this time, approved and available on Apple Store.

My Shoe appeals to consumers who feel being ditched by their spouse, friend or love? It allows expressing and measuring anger without losing dignity? The relevant sound in the application will make you smile and captured funny moments will definitely bring a smile on your friends face.

The application is easy to use. Users can simply use image library or take from iPhone camera, fit it in a template provided by MyShoe and click on “Hit Me”. Get ready on the countdown 3 – 2 – 1 and on “throw”, assume your iPhone a shoe and swing your arm to throw iPhone (without really throwing it). The Hate meter below will express the intensity of your anger. Save the picture in gallery and share the lovely moments with your friends.

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Anonymous | 00:13 - 28 February 2009
This was not the first "toss a shoe at Bush" game to be rejected by Apple.


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SnakeHead | 16:52 - 6 February 2009
Yep, the denied my Bop-It! iPhone app too for the same reasons. I finally had to remove all caricatures from the game and resubmit.