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Get Your Shit Together Apple – Hooters App Approved, Banned, Re-Approved, Re-Banned


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We reported in great detail Apple’s recent war on smut apps … over 5,000 “overtly sexual” applications removed, virtually shutting down the entire niche. Now any time you wipe out such a large number of targets, there’s bound to be some collateral damage. Innocent bystanders like the swimwear shopping application Simply Beach … the 12+ rated iPhone game Daisey Mae’s Alien Buffet … and the photo manipulation app Wobble … were all banned for having “overtly sexual” content. Only they did not. Apple realized their mistakes and quickly reinstated these offerings.

Which brings us to today’s “WTF Moment”, courtesy of Apple …

hooters_logo_final Hooters is an American restaurant chain that’s been around for about 30 years. Their specialties are chicken wings and attractive waitresses dressed in white tank tops and orange runner’s shorts. Like any savvy business, Hooters had a number of officially licensed iPhone applications available in the App Store.

On The Go Girls was one of the developers that partnered with Hooters and published the Hooters’ Calendar Sexy Screen Wash app. The app was released on January 21 and it quickly broke into the Top 100 of its category. So things were going great … until a month later, on February 18, D-Day for smut apps … Apple banned Hooters’ Calendar Sexy Screen Wash. In addition to their Hooters application, Apple removed all 50 applications from On The Go Girls … completely shutting them down and destroying their sole source of income.

But wait! Apple realized that removing the all-American Hooters app was a mistake … and a week later, on February 25, Hooters’ Calendar Sexy Screen Wash was re-approved for sale (with no change to its original content). Obviously a wise decision by Apple since the app skyrocketed into its category’s Top 25.

But wait! In typical bonehead fashion … less than two weeks later, Apple changed their mind once again and yesterday re-banned Hooters’ Calendar Sexy Screen Wash.

Seriously, this is getting ridiculous. Approved … Banned … Approved … Banned. Apple is acting like a neurotic pregnant woman. And why the re-ban? Allegedly Apple received numerous customer complaints about the Hooters app. LMAO … yeah, because Hooters  Girls are so much more offensive than the ladies appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit or Playboy applications (currently available for sale). 

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After the first ban, Fred Clarke, co-founder of On The Go Girls, stated in a New York Times interview (that Apple’s censorship), “goes farther than sexy content. For developers, how do you know you aren’t going to invest thousands into a business only to find out one day you’ve been cut off?”

Well Mr. Clarke probably should have taken his own advice. Speaking with him yesterday,  he said, “We were reenergized when Apple reinstated our Hooters app and invested $5,000 for related development of the product line … only to be informed the app has been banned a second time. It’s a severe blow to our business, but we look forward to the challenge of succeeding in the App Store once again.”

Damn Fred! Is your glass always half-full? Are you always this happy-go-lucky? It’s ok to say it bro … repeat after us … FFFFUUU APPLE! Dude, not even the Double Jeopardy Clause in the US Constitution could save your ass from Apple. But then again, it should come as no surprise … this is Apple’s world, we just live in it. 

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[please note: while the above details the proceedings of the twice banned screen wash app … two other Hooters-themed applications have a similar saga – Hooters Calendar Girls Slideshow and 2010 Hooters Calendar Video.]

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    Apple has no fault in that,first Apple remove all the sexual iPhone apps from the apps store then,allowed some of them for sale ……….It's all because franchieses presure that forcees Apple to reentered some of apps back to apps stores


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    Welcome to the jungle, apples jungle where anything can happen.

  • jeffwolverton

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    http://www.ForbiddeniPhoneApps.com

    We here at Hot 'N Funny iphone apps (Jeff Wolverton & Jacqui Holland) have a similar story– we collected our banned apps on the above website and invite anyone else with banned apps to add to them!


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    Welcome to the jungle, apples jungle where anything can happen.

  • jeffwolverton

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    http://www.ForbiddeniPhoneApps.com

    We here at Hot 'N Funny iphone apps (Jeff Wolverton & Jacqui Holland) have a similar story– we collected our banned apps on the above website and invite anyone else with banned apps to add to them!

  • Ram0n1sandoval

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    I'd ban that Hooters girl for having plastic boobs. That is far more offensive than the SI girl with real boobs.


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