According to the social justice warriors of the planet, our phone emojis are not “gender neutral” enough for their tastes.
I find this extremely laughable because most of the emoji faces are yellow, and don’t even have hair.
They are basically just different variations of the Walmart smiley face that used to hop around to announce “roll back prices.” Let me guess, somehow Walmart is now racist and sexist too?
Apple and Google have announced that they will be rolling out new, “special” emojis that were “approved by the Unicode Consortium earlier this year.”
Seriously though, I am utterly confused as to how you can create any other “gender neutral” emojis?
The update will include:
Each one will apparently have options for various races and hair colors.
In August, LGBT activists criticized Unicode after their shortlist for new emojis excluded individual sexuality pride flags.
As reported by Pink News, the candidates included “a sad poop, a lobster and a lacrosse stick and ball,” but did not “include the much sought-after trans pride flag” or flags for bisexual and asexual pride.
This year, emojis were used by an algorithm developed by MIT researchers to learn about sarcasm, and how they are used as “a substitute for the tone and body language that brief online text messages cannot otherwise express.” In September, it was reported that a private surveillance company, whose clients include the Pentagon, could “keep tabs” on people communicating entirely in emoji.
I just want to know when we can expect to get our gun emoji back? The squirt gun that they replaced the black handgun with just isn’t cutting it for me.