'South Park' Application Rejected From App Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Boing Boing reports that an official South Park application, demoed and submitted to Apple in October, has been rejected for inclusion in the App Store. According to an e-mail received by Boing Boing from a member of the South Park team, the application was deemed by Apple to be "potentially offensive".
    The source did not mention whether Apple objected to the entire application or to certain specific features of it, which were previously described in Boing Boing's October preview:
    While Apple has apparently left the door open to future shifts in its policies, the South Park team seems to have ceased its efforts to work towards App Store acceptance in the current environment.

    Article Link: 'South Park' Application Rejected From App Store
  2. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Oh noes! What will fans of mindless juvenile crud do now?!


    They should do a PRE or Android version. That'll teach apple....
  3. chr1s60 macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    This is a stupid move by Apple. Like Apple even stated, you can buy a damn song on iTunes that is practically all curse words, but then they reject an app based on it being offensive? I thought that was the reason for warnings. "Warning material contained in this app may be offensive and may not be appropriate for all ages." Let US decide what is offensive, don't make that decision for us.

    Just for the record, I could care less about this app since I am not a big South Park fan. I just think the reasoning here is plain stupid.
  4. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    Dear Apple,

    We would like to be the ones that determine if an app is 'potentially offensive'. Thanks for not listening.

    All of your customers
  5. rlreif macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2003
    Put this on the front page!

    this is the kind of crap that needs to be out front and center.... seriously, wtf? put this on the front page, and digg it

    im so tired of this arbitrary ******** from apple... this needs to be publicized to make apple look bad
  6. Yvan256 macrumors 601

    Jul 5, 2004
    Movies, TV shows, music and games are rated, but there doesn't seem to be a rating/age/content system for the App Store (unless I missed it or not used in the Canadian iTunes Store).

    Yes, adults should be the ones deciding if they want something or not. However, think about the parents who want to lock their kids accounts to kid-friendly content only.
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Oh, thanks Apple for being my "Censorship MACHINE!" When do you start censorship of all those Sylvester Stallone trainwrecks??? :eek::mad::eek:
  8. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    I'm guessing you really haven't watched South Park in the past couple of years. In the very beginning yes, it was much more juvenile. To this day there are still several gags per episode that many would label as juvenile. But mindless? Hardly. The most recent seasons of the show have contained episodes that poke fun at all sorts of social issues, religion, politics, terrorism... and all of which were done in a very creative and clever manner.

    Don't let any bias you may have towards South Park lighten the fact that Apple is rejecting app submissions based upon it's own "standards and practices". We the customers should be the ones that ultimately decide which app we choose to install on our devices.
  9. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Buy a real phone, not the fascist iPhone platform.
  10. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Exactly. Games have ratings, and they're apps. Apple should just extend the rating system to ALL apps, and everyone's happy. Simple enough.

    Kind of a catch-22 there: choose another phone, and you won't have nearly as many apps to choose from (nor as cheaply and easily) and they generally won't work as well. More choice... but less choice! And the South Park app might not show up on that phone at all--hard to say until it happens.

    Apple's been easing up on their app acceptance policies lately, learning and clarifying as they go. It hasn't even been a year yet, but I would bet that in time, we'll get our South Park app on iPhone. In that sense, getting an iPhone now is partly a bet on the future of the platform.
  11. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    100% agree. Why they don't currently have a rating system in place is beyond me.
  12. ZachsMacDaddy macrumors 6502


    Dec 24, 2007
    No South Park, but you can get all the fart apps you want. Hmm, something smells funny about this.
  13. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    There are a ton of Java apps. No need to support Apple's proprietary and closed platform.
  14. rtcruz1 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2006
    Aliso Viejo, CA

    This is ridiculous... i agree.. there is already "potentially offensive" material in iTunes.. explicit music lyrics... mature or adult content in movies and TV shows.. this is no different.

    they need to figure out a a maturity ratings standard (and enforcement process) for these apps, or at least just provide a disclaimer on the "potentially" offensive content.. but the final decision should be from the consumer/buyer.

    Wake up Apple!
  15. thebassoonist macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    Davis, CA
    I am a little upset, too. Even though I don't have an iPhone or Touch... I don't understand why Apple would make that decision.
  16. sdragon macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2008
  17. BRussell macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2002
    Ha, if you want to get the teen boys all riled up, deny them their South Park app!
  18. Grumps87 macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
    That's stupid because iTunes store do actually sell South Park episodes.
  19. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    South Park is irrelevant to this discussion and what you think of South Park is even more irrelevant to this discussion. I can guarantee you that I think many things you like are complete drivel not fit for human consumption. So please drop the "my opinion of entertainment is better than your opinion of entertainment" routine because it is a waste of time.

    When Apple decides to censor the apps allowed in the store, it is bad for everyone, especially since there seems to be no clear cut rules on what is allowed and what is not. Farting Apps = OK, South Park Apps = Not OK?

    Apple can't have it both ways. They can't say it is illegal to jailbreak your phone, and then censor the applications adults can put on their own phone. They have every right to sell what they want, but I should have every right to jailbreak the phone to install apps I want on it if that is going to be the case.

    And the South Park developers are not trying to "teach Apple" anything. They were trying to make their fans happy and were trying to make some money (for themselves and for Apple). By making this decision everyone loses, even Apple, as I am sure this app would have sold well. I am sure if they see the opportunity to do those things on the PRE or Android, they will do so, even if they were on the iPhone already.

    And lastly my band's album is on iTunes and I am sure it is quite offensive to many people, yet is was no problem to get it up there. They just label it as Explicit.
  20. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Forget about explicit music, the South Park TV show itself is available in the iTunes Store, so it is pretty ironic that the South Park app would somehow be too offensive for Apple to sell.
  21. EmperorDarius macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2009
    Lame. I hope that Trey and Matt don't get too much pissed off.
  22. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    No, A South Park app would be awesome

    Dear Apple,

    Offensive is sometimes funny and will make you money. Just let it pass and start to have maturity ratings like other video games, music, and movies.
  23. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    Actually, do we know if this app would have cost anything?
    Most apps of these kind (tie-ins to movies, TV, bands, etc.) are free, and more of a promotional thing.

    You beat me to it. It doesn't make much sense, does it?
  24. justflie macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    Red Sox Nation
    ding ding ding. Why would they allow us to get the app/videos for free when they can sell the videos to us?

    Also, if I remember correctly, the South Park folks were featured on Apple's startpage because they heavily utilize Macs in the creation of the show. It was one of those articles that they interview the people, describe the Macs/workflow used, etc. I think this is certain teams within Apple simply not talking or paying attention to what other teams are doing. There are a couple of precedents with South Park content and information being associated with Apple. For some reason, the app store team is missing that.

    For those worried about parental concerns, tie M-rated applications into the parental controls already located on the phone (if it's not already).
  25. blindzero macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2006
    That is ridiculous. It's not offensive for 10pm Cable but it's too offensive for Apple?

    Come on. Very STUPID move. Not to mention Apple has some serious thinking to do about what kinda censorship role it really wants to play. South Park has a huge following. They'll let in a cheap little flatulence app that does nothing but cheap frills but deny one of the smartest shows on TV?

    I smell possible PR campaign here? They "deny" it, then 2 weeks later it shows up and sells tons cause it's "offensive".

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