August 24, 2013
Are Emoji racists?
Perhaps you haven't noticed, but if you look closely among iOS's default Keyboard options, you'll notice that, among emoji with clearly delineated ethnicities, only a handful appear to be non-Caucasian. [via FastCompany]
A petition on Do Something is asking Apple to add more diversity to its emoji lineup by adding "at least four faces with melanin (a man, a woman, a boy, and a girl) to the emoji keyboard."
If you look at Apple’s emoji keyboard, what do you see? Two different camels. A smiling turd. EVERY PHASE OF THE MOON. But of the more than 800 emojis, the only two resembling people of color are a guy who looks vaguely Asian and another in a turban.
When Apple upgraded to iOS 6 last June, it added emoji depicting gay and lesbian couples for the first time. It's not the first time, but users are asking Apple to once again consider expanding its emoji catalog to more accurately reflect reality.
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