Someecards iPhone app rejected for making fun of celebrities?

Imagine the horror we felt to learn our iPhone app wasn’t rejected for some sort of horribly off-color dildo joke. That is, unless the App Store just randomly chose three not-that-objectionable cards as examples of unacceptable content (see below). Are we really being told we can’t “defame” famous people? Even Hitler? Let us know what you think of the notification below (along with the screenshots they attached).

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And here’s the response to the App Store’s email, written by The Dirty Harry of Electronic Greeting Cards and Social Gestures, someecards co-founder Duncan Mitchell.

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LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK BELOW! AND FEEL FREE TO SEND OBJECTIONABLE CARDS TO THE APP APROVAL PEOPLE AT appreview@apple.com!

66 Responses to “Someecards iPhone app rejected for making fun of celebrities?”

  1. Daisy Says:

    iPhone stinks anyways.. get a blackberry!

  2. Robert Schultz Says:

    This is a bunch of crap! You need to make some Apple cards now.

    “Sorry that my rejection of our relationship was less distasteful than being rejected from the App Store.”

  3. NIcole A Says:

    Clearly there needs to be an sympathy someecard for just such a situation:

    “Sorry your iPhone app was denied for a completely ludicrous reason”

  4. Nyki Says:

    It’s not defamation if the text on the cards is TRUE. There is nothing on those three cards that is false and isn’t being spread around by other places.
    Who knew Apple has no sense of humor.

  5. Mindee Says:

    Um, ever heard of Perez Hilton?? The douchebag makes fun of everyone! It’s fun and lighthearted. C’mon Apple……relax! I agree. Blackberry is way better!

  6. daniela Says:

    This sucks! The someecards app should be approved. The reasons to not approve it are dumb.

  7. Ana Says:

    App store is ridiculous.

  8. Justin Says:

    It’s silly for Apple to refuse this App! They might be worried about its content reflecting the Apple brand negatively, but I think iPhone users are pretty well aware that Apps aren’t created or endorsed by Apple.

    They should seriously reconsider. I think this App would be hugely successful! If it’s released for BlackBerries and not for iPhones, I will switch to a BlackBerry. Mark that in the “unsatisfied customer” column, Apple!

  9. MarkusSkinnus Says:

    That is funny. You guys should have brought up their $1000 ‘look at me-I’m a rich douchenozzle.’ app that was available in their app store earlier this year.

    “I’m sorry your media will likely never be accessed by the pretentious assholes it makes fun of.”

  10. Jennifer Says:

    Eff apple and their iphone. They suck! Can we get an app for Blackberry??

  11. kimber Says:

    i guess the iPhone needs to get a pair. sheesh. that’s simply retarded. oh, am i allowed to say retarded?

    there are bigger things to worry about than whether michael richards is faced with the reality that we’ve all had noticed he’s a bit racist. anyway, it’s not slander if it’s true. grow up, iPhone!

  12. Joel King Says:

    Just letting you know that I support you guys and sent them a nice card to help re-think their decision!! Good luck!!

    -Joel

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  14. Jones Says:

    When will people learn? Don’t develop apps for iPhone. This shouldn’t be a surprise to you. Android is up & coming and you don’t have to deal with this crap. The sooner people stop trying to be on the iPhone bandwagon, the sooner we can all forget it ever happened.

  15. Tim Says:

    how about a someecard that reads:

    I’m sorry that Section 3.3.14 of the iPhone Developer License Agreement was written by black pedophile nazi rapists.

  16. Robotwarlord Says:

    Only one thing is more dangerous than terrorists, that thing is defamatory remarks about celebrities. Imagine a world in which celebrities were not taken seriously. Imagine a world in which celebrities were FIGURES OF FUN! God forbid.

  17. Frank Says:

    Put it up on Android Market for G1 and G2 phones

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  19. Jess Says:

    Ridiculous. Another reason why the iPhone is lame.

  20. jhanco1 Says:

    This is ridiculous. Defamation is legal term that in general refers to false statements that are made to appear as fact and that hurt the party about which the “defamatory” statement is made. Political and pop culture satire that is based on events which actually occurred is certainly not defamation. Silly, silly, silly. I think I’ll make a someecard about it!

  21. jorn Says:

    “I’m breaking up with you for reasons only an Apple App Store employee would understand.”

    “Here’s hoping sense of humor is covered on the national health care agenda; transplants are desperately needed in Cupertino, CA.”

  22. Leigh Says:

    Seriously? I mean, we all know that the Apple workers lack any society-ready forms of humor, but to go as far as to tell iPhone users they too must muddle themselves into conforming techies is a bit harsh. I think situations like these should be placed into a voting strategy. Let the iPhone users decide which apps should be available. Makes sense, considering they are the ones using them. If uptight jack-nuts don’t like the someecard app, they don’t have to use it. Simple, I know. It’s amazing how complicated the higher-up’s make things nowadays. Since none of my ideas will ever be placed into motion, I say F*** it. Burn ‘em good, guys!

  23. john andrews Says:

    what about the pope making out with hitler in a hot tub.

  24. Kristin Gent Says:

    thank god Apple is making sure all of the iphone apps are kosher. I know there is not one app out there making fun at anyone or anything and since we live in such a sensitive society, I PRAISE apple for doing their job and protecting us all.

  25. Rikki Says:

    I’m guessing Blackberry believes in freedom of speech when you’re forking over $110 a month + app fees.

  26. Rikki Says:

    wait, is this the same company that allowed porn app and then rejected it the next day after the outrage started?

  27. Marcia Says:

    I’m sorry that your iPhone app was so offensive that it didn’t get approved like ‘Baby Shaker’ did…

    I agree with the others: BlackBerry App!

  28. Mussman 6000 Says:

    iPhone sucks balls.

  29. Saitow Says:

    Yet another reason he facist Jobs needs to be removed. His liver was very expensive. I’ll be sure to add this to my why apple sucks note

  30. Jackie Says:

    I say get us Android folks an app! We love someecards!

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  32. Jodi Says:

    That is crazy! It would be awesome! I would buy an iphone just to get this app.

  33. Tyson Says:

    There are a lot worse things in the world than someecards. I think the app would have gone over well and would have been used quite often. Too bad making fun of celebrities and public figures is so awful. It must be worse than a shaken baby app, because Apple approved that and had to pull it the next day.
    I agree with the others. IPhones suck. BlackBerry FTW!

  34. Flopsy Says:

    Great to know we live in a world where fart apps and stupid games where you kill people with lots of blood spouting are considered perfectly normal, but say the word “fuck” and all of a sudden you’re rejected. Hopefully the tumult of attention you get about this will get the rejection overturned.

  35. Flopsy Says:

    Actually, yes! That’s what you need to do: develop the app to make farting noises and it will be instantly approved.

  36. Thomas Says:

    Well, let’s everybody send that one to apple:

    http://www.someecards.com/usercards/viewcard/5f62fb58491a81c1328ba9e3a9d6e650

    It’s great (and not only because I did with my poor/bad english)

  37. Molly Says:

    I need to hump Duncan’s leg for properly using a colon and commas. Bless you, my child. I also need to continue not buying Apple products because the company sucks infected donkey balls.

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  39. CyR00k Says:

    Forget Apple. I’d say advertise the App as Available for every device not made by Apple. Make it a selling point so ever non iPhone/iPod users can gloat and utter childish taunts.

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  43. Nei Nei Says:

    Apple most likely rejected this app because of the celebrity names used, not necessarily the satirical context in which they appear. You have to remember that nowadays celebrities are able to sue companies for using their names as endorsements without contract eg. how Oprah is pursuing legal action against those acai berry ads for using her name and that of Dr Oz without their consent. Apple didn’t want to take that risk for enabling an iPhone app that used celebrity names in this way because it increases their risk of more easily offended celebs unleashing their lawyers.

  44. miko Says:

    nice info

  45. Nei Nei Says:

    If someecards resubmitted this app removing all cards featuring DIRECT references to celebrities, they would probably have better luck getting it approved.

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  47. someecards Says:

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