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George Takei Launches 'House of Cats' App to Protest Trump

Trumpy Cat sits on George Takei's shoulder. (Via Twitter @GeorgeTakei)

George Takei, the actor mostly known for portraying Sulu on the original Star Trek series, has developed an app called House of Cats. This is not an app for crazy cat ladies though.  This is an app to protest Donald Trump.

“Throughout history, mockery, satire, and lampoons have been a powerful weapon to not only criticize but, in some cases, bring down powerful people,” Takei told VentureBeat. “That’s what we are going to be doing — using his words in the mouth of Trumpy Cat to show how ridiculous he is. We are going to lampoon him out of office.”

I guess Takei realizes that the Mueller investigation has nothing on Trump and figures he has discovered the secret to forcing Trump out of office… a talking cat that looks like Donald Trump.

That’s right, a talking cat (based on Grumpy Cat) that looks like Donald Trump is apparently going to take down the 45th president. The app is available for purchase from the Google Play and Apple App Store. For only 99 cents you can get this otherwise useless app to satisfy your anti-Trump urges.

Here’s the description of the app from Apple’s App Store:

Enjoy House of Cats, the first interactive, AR-enabled political satire app featuring Trumpy Cat, along with his memorable quotes and an array of animated political animals!

    • Pick your favorite crazy quotes and relive some of the funniest lines from the most hilarious animated presidential cat in U.S. history!

    • Watch POTUS cat interact with his family, friends and enemies in the oval on your mobile screen or on your tabletop in markerless Augmented Reality mode – just touch the presidential seal and see him appear in your home, office or party zone!

    • Best of all – touch the mike and make the top presidential cat say anything you can dream of! That’s right – you can create, record and share your own recordings or videos of you and your friends and the top cat riffing on the latest news – and any other funny stuff you can think of!

    • Coming soon…original scenes hot from the press highlighting the hijinks of Tweeter in Chief and the latest parade of creatures inside the oval and across the globe! Stay tuned….!

If you hate Donald Trump but are under 17 years of age, however, you are out of luck, because the app is rated for users 17 years and older. Why, do you ask?

Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes

Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity

Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Ummm. “Mild Sexual Content and Nudity”? Just what exactly does this Trumpy Cat do in Takei’s little app? Considering Trumpy Cat is joined in the app by characters Meowlania, Vladdy Putin and Lil’ Rocket Pug one can only guess what Takei has in mind… and I’m certainly not about to find out. As much as I would have liked to have previewed this app for research purposes, the last thing I’d want to do is support any project of accused rapist George Takei.

But, it is worth noting that VentureBeat did preview the app and found the original release was “buggy and surprisingly limited.” Apparently, the app was built in just a few weeks by a half-dozen engineers.

Still, I’m surprised anyone would spend their hard earned cash to buy the app, even if they are rabidly anti-Trump. Sure, it’s just a dollar, but if Trump haters hate him so much, how long can they be expected to play with an app that features Trump’s likeness and voice? How long are they going to take selfies with Trumpy Cat in augmented reality? I’m guessing not long. Even VentureBeat seems to think 99 cents is too expensive for what the app is trying to achieve.

The idea is that users will participate in the political news of the day by creating their own photos and videos using House of Cats characters. Maybe some political activists will want to buy the app to do just that, but at least in its current iteration, it’s hard to see the wider appeal for most users. If political impact is what Takei was looking for, he should have made the app free.

At the time of this writing, the app, which is only three days old, has nine ratings, all of them five stars. So, for the moment, the app hasn’t gotten old for those willing to fork over 99 cents and support accused rapist George Takei. Perhaps the deal was sweetened by the fact that a whopping one percent of the net profits will be donated to Refugees International. Well, maybe not, since Apple takes thirty percent, leaving seventy cents per download, minus expenses. App development isn’t cheap. So, I doubt Refugees International should expect a check courtesy of Takei at Trump’s expense any time soon. Takei had a better chance of winning Celebrity Apprentice when he was on the show when Trump was good enough for him to compete for his money, back when he called Trump “an open-minded fair-minded person and certainly a savvy businessman.”

Clearly savvier than Takei.

Matt Margolis is the author of the book, The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama and the forthcoming re-release of the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis