Angry Trayvon, a smartphone game featuring a weapon-wielding, hooded sweatshirt-clad main character, has been removed from the Google Play app store after sparking outrage online, Fast Company reports.
The game, which was released in December, was apparently pulled late on Monday.
"The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores," a note posted to the game's Facebook page — which was later taken down — read. "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."
Its removal came less than a day after a Change.org petition was launched that asked Google Play to pull the game:
This application unnecessarily promotes violence and exploits the unfortunate death of Trayvon Martin. I am sure his parents [would] not appreciate the image of their son as a gun toting vigilante. The death of this young man is NOT A GAME. This developer is using the Google Marketplace to exploit the death of an unarmed teen for profit while simultaneously promoting violence. Given the racial and social climate surrounding this issue and the unfair depiction of a deceased minor who perished as a result of gun violence, we are asking that this application be moved from the Google Play marketplace immediately.