7.09.2013

'Angry Trayvon' video game app sparks outrage on Twitter in light of present Zimmerman murder trial


by Brother Jesse Muhammad

Last night I was sent an email to a Google Play link that allowed a person to purchase and download a video game app called "Angry Trayvon." I said to myself, "You got to be kidding me." This has sparked much outrage, on Twitter in particular. This is definitely understandable since George Zimmerman is on trial right now for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Last night when I clicked the link, it was active but when I went back to it today, the link was down and showed this message.


So, I assumed this meant that the outrage from people caused the developer, Trade Digital, Inc, to remove it. However, when doing a search, I found another active link wherein it can still be purchased. Wow, really? 



According to a description of the game by the developers, "Trayvon is angry and nobody can stop him from completing his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday. Use a variety of weapons to demolish Trayvon's attackers in various cities around the world. As you complete a level, you will notice more bad guys coming at Trayvon at a faster pace and a deadlier attack. If you like to attack from far, then purchase the 'dagger' as you will be able to throw it at your enemies for the kill.  If you want to dominate the leaderboards across the world, then make sure you collect the money that the bad guys will drop once you kill them to increase your score."



A CNET.com post stated that "Trade Digital, the developer of Angry Trayvon, has promised to remove all traces of the game, both from its Facebook page and from all app stores. In a Facebook post, Trade Digital denied any charges of racism on its part: The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores. Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment. 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 Facebook page is gone, but the app is still downloadable and this video is still promoting it. This is absurd, but not shocking. A dead Black child's grave continues to get trampled upon by those who do not value Black life.