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Sunday 21 September 2014

Controversial 'Abuse your boyfriend' app available on iPhones

Published 31/01/2013 | 16:19

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‘BOYFRIEND Trainer’, a new free app which encourages girls to domestically abuse their boyfriends, is creating waves.

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The controversial app, which is available in both Apple’s App Store and via Google’s Android market, lets players electrocute, hit and mace a virtual boyfriend after he does annoying things – such as leaving his clothes lying about on the floor.

Despite Apple having a zero tolerance policy for nudity in apps and having a good track record at disallowing apps which in any promote violence against women, Boyfriend Trainer is still available to download (at the time of writing).

The publisher of the app, Games2Win, describes Boyfriend Trainer in the following way: “Crack that whip and teach your guy a thing or two about being the Perfect Boyfriend! When scolding doesn’t work, just zap him, whack him and train him to be your ideal man!”

Boyfriend Trainer encourages girls to spray mace into their boyfriend’s eyes if he eyes up another girl on the dancefloor – while his friends stand around and laugh.

Players also lead their boyfriends around on a leash.

The app is available to those aged four and over and dispenses advice such as: “Girlfriends don't like their boyfriends to look at other girls. About time he got the message. Slap him silly!"

Apple was unavailable for comment at the time of writing and Google declined to comment.

Despite there being no actual violence, and the app consisting of a series of cartoons, comments in forums say it is distasteful and that neither Apple or Google, would condone an equivalent app which encouraged men to be violent towards their girlfriends.

In the customer review section of Apple App Store, ‘Jazzy1289’ wrote: “I hate how this game is so abusive I understand its just a game but kids play this and u don't want this to be an influence on them.”

‘Cake lover’ added: “This app is TERRIBLE!!!!!!! If I could rate it ‘0’ I would! The girl just slaps the guy and acts like she's in charge I mean, girls don't act like this! DO NOT buy this game!”

Another app called GoodBoy which is due to launch on February 8 in the Apple App Store, promises 'husband training' for the ladies and rewards men for behaving well.

By Emma Barnett, Telegraph.co.uk

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