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My App Got Rejected: Help Me Figure Out Why

05-19-2009, 08:38 AM
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My App Got Rejected: Help Me Figure Out Why

My App got rejected but I'm not sure why. It's a simple bobblehead that speaks when you touch the red button. It does say the word "Pimp!" but I didn't think that was too harsh.

I got this reply from Apple:
Quote:
Thank you for submitting Rack ‘Em Rack 3D Talking Bobblehead to the App Store. We've reviewed Rack ‘Em Rack 3D Talking Bobblehead and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because it contains objectionable content 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."

If you believe that you can make the necessary changes so that Rack ‘Em Rack 3D Talking Bobblehead does not violate the iPhone SDK Agreement, we encourage you to do so and resubmit it for review.

Regards,

iPhone Developer Program
Can anyone offer a suggestion as to why this got rejected and what I can change to get it approved? I have video of the app at
http://digitalcodeworks.com/

Thanks,
Ken



05-19-2009, 08:44 AM
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maybe because it's a black guy? perhaps apple was scared of being accused of racism.

05-19-2009, 08:44 AM
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The word "pimp"? I think you solved this yourself.
05-19-2009, 08:46 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spartan12103 View Post
The word "pimp"? I think you solved this yourself.
I'll take that out and resubmit tonight. What about "The Damn! Show" connection? Is damn too strong?
05-19-2009, 08:48 AM
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So all this app does is say a few words when you click it?
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05-19-2009, 08:49 AM
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It's a bobblehead that talks when you click the button. That's it.

I have a similar application with Santa that was approved before Christmas.

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=299818271&mt=8

Last edited by kenlem; 05-19-2009 at 08:53 AM.
05-19-2009, 08:54 AM
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It's hard to say what exactly they object to; the word "Damn!" is a distinct possibility, despite its mildness as an expletive. However, a significant part of me wants to blame both the combination of "Pimp!" with the fact that it's a black man, and the fact that you can bat the head around. I realize it's a bobblehead and that's the point, but you can take your pick of racial stereotyping (a black pimp) or just plain racism ("smack the black guy") as other potential reasons Apple may have rejected it. They may only be racist inferences that were not even remotely intended to be taken that way, but Apple tends to err on the side of caution at the slightest whiff of potential controversy. (Sexual innuendo notwithstanding.)

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05-19-2009, 09:15 AM
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The app sounds really rubbish anyway. IMHO the app store is full of this kind of rubbish already. Why don't you try and make a simple but compelling game that will get you sales and respect from the community ? Maybe team up with someone else and try and design a half decent game rather than trying to cash in with this throw away rubbish. All the best anyway !
05-19-2009, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by bigred447uk View Post
The app sounds really rubbish anyway. IMHO the app store is full of this kind of rubbish already. Why don't you try and make a simple but compelling game that will get you sales and respect from the community ? Maybe team up with someone else and try and design a half decent game rather than trying to cash in with this throw away rubbish. All the best anyway !
The app is exactly what the customer wanted to promote their YouTube channel and DVD's. It may be rubbish to you, but there are Damn! Show fans that may like it.

Last edited by kenlem; 05-19-2009 at 10:34 AM.
05-19-2009, 10:03 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bigred447uk View Post
The app sounds really rubbish anyway. IMHO the app store is full of this kind of rubbish already. Why don't you try and make a simple but compelling game that will get you sales and respect from the community ? Maybe team up with someone else and try and design a half decent game rather than trying to cash in with this throw away rubbish. All the best anyway !


From now on , would you try and please be a bit more forthcoming? Stop holding back , you will feel better