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November 05, 2014

Are Your Emoticons Racially Sensitive Enough?

Now that Kristallnacht the Dread Reign of Negativity is past, Americans can finally get down to worrying about the problems that really matter.

Like our choices in emoticons/emoji, and whether they adequately reflect the beautiful and natural racial, ethnic, and plumbing-related diversity that drives so much of our national discourse:

Calls for more racially diverse emojis – cartoon-like pictograms used in text messages and apps - have been going on for over a year.

And now the Unicode Consortium, which sets the standards for emojis, is considering adding five new skin colours to its library of icons.

Users will be able to choose an emoji's skin colour that best reflects their own at the touch of a smartphone button, if the plans go ahead.



Personally, the Blog Princess will not rest until all those little smiley faces she types can totes represent as self-loathing tiny, pink Easy Bake Ovens. Exuberant, relentlessly positive little ovens, with cupcakes inside.

Posted by Cassandra at November 5, 2014 04:05 PM

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Female? Where are the ones with bald heads and awesome beards?

Posted by: Grim at November 5, 2014 04:33 PM

Good Lord. I just realized that they're all Lena Dunham :p

Posted by: Cassandra at November 5, 2014 04:39 PM

Female? Where are the ones with bald heads and awesome beards?

Bald heads and beards are obvious signs of Testosterone Poisoning, my hirstute friend. Would it be socially responsible to model such an anachronistic and unhealthy state of being????

/running away before I get smashed like a bug :)

Posted by: Cassandra at November 5, 2014 04:41 PM

Where are the Blondes? The buxom ones wearing skimpy clothing? I thought these things were supposed to be *fun*?

Posted by: Oinker :©) at November 5, 2014 05:55 PM

My favorite color is clear. Where are all the clear ones?

Posted by: Richard Crainium at November 5, 2014 06:15 PM

Why this discrimination against the Norse peoples? (Type 1). Why must they be blended with the French (Type 2)? Which of those is supposed to be a Native American, a Mongolian, a Tibetan, ...? (Answer: None is, whatever the intent.) And as a Marine, I mean, really, no Green?

They would do better to make them clear, gendered, variously facially haired, and given an 8 bit color code (the standard 256 colorset.)

Posted by: htom at November 6, 2014 05:37 PM