In case you hadn’t heard, an app developed in France for Android smart phones has caused quite a bit of controversy over the last week. The app, called “Is My Son Gay?,” asked users 20 questions that, it claimed, would enable the app to determine a child’s sexual orientation. The questions, largely based on outdated stereotypes and caricatures of gay men, included: “Does it take him a long time to do his hair?,” “Does he like to dress well and pay close attention to his outfits and brands?,” “Before birth, did you want that child to be a girl?,” and “Is his father absent?” The app offered three results: “gay,” “normal and modern,” and “not gay;” if the user’s answers yielded the third result, the app reassured them that yes, their son would indeed father grandchildren. And all this for the low, low price of €1.99.
Yeah. Pretty offensive stuff. The app’s creator said in an email to Rue89 that it was “…designed with a light-hearted approach.” Because homophobia is just SO funny, right?
Well today, we have good news to report: according to the Advocate, Google has pulled the “Is My Son Gay?” app from the market.