Apple has rejected Build the Wall: The Game for a second time after its creators left a silhouette of Pepe the Frog in the game.
The Donald Trump-themed game, whose development team includes Internet personality Baked Alaska, was originally rejected from the Apple App Store last week for including the “offensive” green frog meme, and has now been rejected for a second time after the team removed Pepe, opting to keep just his silhouette.
“Apple rejected our app again for simply having a SILHOUETTE of Pepe the cartoon frog,” announced Alaska (real name Timothy Treadstone) on Twitter Wednesday. “Welcome to 1984. Please share & contact.”
Apple rejected our app again for simply having a SILHOUETTE of Pepe the cartoon frog!
— Baked Alaska 3X™ (@bakedalaska) October 26, 2016
“Your content includes content that many users would find objectionable and offensive,” stated Apple in their response to Treadstone’s submission. “Specifically, your app still includes the silhouette of Pepe the Frog.”
“Please remove all objectionable content from your app,” they concluded.
Treadstone’s game received a similar response last week for including a brief cameo from the Internet meme.
“It’s just a fun little game where you are building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants, and as the illegal immigrants climb over the wall there’s a timer, and if you run out of time you’re out,” explained Treadstone in an interview with Breitbart Tech on Thursday. “Your quest is to build the highest wall.”
As reported last week, the game also allegedly includes Trump Steaks (which attract bald eagles to swoop down and carry the illegal immigrants away) and an array of Trump-supporting personalities such as Mike Cernovich, Alex Jones, and Treadstone himself, as well as various memes including Pepe the Frog and Harambe.
“The hypocrisy of it is there’s dozens of Pepe the Frog apps already out on the App Store, and these are Pepe the Frog-based apps where Pepe is the icon. We merely had a cameo of Pepe,” Treadstone continued. “We get banned because it’s a pro-Trump app, but you can have an app only about Pepe and that’s not offensive.”
In July, Apple’s App Store also rejected a satirical game based on the Hillary Clinton email server scandal. Apple branded the game as “offensive” and “objectionable” before reversing their decision following a report at Breitbart.
Popular meme Pepe the Frog was added to the Anti Defamation League’s hate symbol database in September, where it currently sits alongside the swastika, Nazi SS lightning bolts, and various Ku Klux Klan imagery.
Hillary Clinton, George Stephanopoulos, Katy Tur, and even Louise Mensch’s Heat Street have also branded the cartoon frog a symbol for white supremacy, seemingly basing their claims on a Daily Beast article that interviewed two notorious trolls, Jared Taylor Swift and Paul Town.
During the interview, Swift and Town attempted to link the meme to white supremacy, with Swift boasting that he had managed to trick the media afterwards. Pepe has since been used as a scapegoat by the left to brand conservatives, libertarians, and even Donald Trump, Jr. as racist.
Many users are fighting back against the Clinton Campaign, mainstream media, and ADL’s ruling that Pepe is an offensive icon, branding it a “war on memes.” Several popular YouTubers have also defended the cartoon frog, while on Friday, the Anti Defamation League announced a partnership with Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie to “take back the popular Internet meme from racists and use the frog’s likeness as a force for good.”
Apple, again, did not respond to a request for comment.
Disclaimer: Timothy Treadstone was previously Milo Yiannopoulos’ tour manager.