‘Angry Trayvon’ App Gets Shut Down

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Vibe / July 9, 2013

A new game called “Angry Trayvon” was released by Android app developer Trade Digital Inc. only to be shut down after receiving backlash for its insensitivity, Fast Company reports.

The app draws inspiration from slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin who was allegedly killed by a night watch volunteer named George Zimmerman in February. Zimmerman is currently standing trial in its tenth day of testimony.

In the game, the player uses “a variety of weapons to demolish Trayvon’s attackers in various cities around the world.” In order to “win”, one must collect the money from “the bad guys” to increase their score.

After critics took to petitions like on Change.org saying that the app “exploits the death of Trayvon Martin,” Trade Digital Inc. moved quickly to take the game down and posted an apology to their Facebook page.

“Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment,” stated Trade Digital Inc. “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.”

The app, which went on sale last Christmas, has since disappeared from the Google Play app store. —Kandice Lawson