Miley Cyrus and Tahj Mowry (Smart Guy, Tia and Tamara’s little bro) took to Twitter to demand more representation amongst Emojis. We know Miley takes her Emojis seriously, as you can see she has one tattooed on a very scary part of the body to have a tattoo. My first thought was: they’re fucking yellow smiley faces, chill. Then upon further investigation I realized that Emojis were actually pretty diverse but did oddly exclude Black and Latino people. There are British, Sikh, Asian, White, older and LGBT Emojis but not any that appear to be Black or Hispanic. When Sephora tweeted that they wanted new colors for the nail Emoji, Miley fired back that she wanted more diversity.
Following the Twitter rant MTV Act reporter Joey Parker emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook about the matter. Apple responded, “Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.”
There you go. Sometimes all you have to do is ask.
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