Whenever something gross comes up about a women being objectified or treated poorly, a stock response is often, "You wouldn't bother talking about this if a man were the victim." Well, let's take a look at The Boyfriend Trainer, a mobile game that, quite frankly, is pretty damn icky!
"There's no way this app would fly if the 'Perfect Girlfriend' was the one being strangled, and this shouldn't, either," writes Katie J.M. Baker.
Developer Games2Win clearly hoped that, by reversing the roles, it'd get past the radar, but its scheme seems to have not worked out so well given the negative attention it's received so far. That said, one iTunes review seemed particularly enamored with the whole thing.
"This game is fun I lik to see the boy gettin hit by the girl," beamed Ms. Caline.
Well ... so long as Ms. Caline's happy!
Apple's approach to controversial apps is to remove those depicting realistic uses of weaponry in an encouraging manner, and strangling a man with his tie while he's attempting to drive may well qualify. Then again, the boyfriend in question looks like a cross between David Bowie and Satan -- a combination so ethereal in majesty it might be deemed too fantastical a scenario to face Apple's banhammer.
Time will tell.
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