IOS 8.3 with New Emojis – Are We Moving Forward or Backward?

by MYA GREEN

Well folks, Apple has done it yet again.

New emojis were made available to the public on Wednesday. 300 new emojis were added to the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod keyboard. Among  the updates are:  6 different skin and different hair color options, 32 more flags more flags, lesbian and gay couples with or without children and an Apple Watch emoji. (We’re onto you Apple.)

Some organizations and companies have expressed their support and excitement about the companies decision to be more inclusive but there has also been some backlash. The way these new emojis have been used in some cases has been negative and some believe that the new options open an awkward door for people to now perpetuate stereotypes using the app.

Clorox Bleach was the first to stick their foot in their mouth. They took to Twitter trying to take advantage of all the hoopla by tweeting this:

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Of course, the twittersphere went nuts. Some believed Clorox’s tweet was implying that they wanted people to “bleach” out the newly implemented more diverse emojis. Clorox quickly apologized.

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The Washington Post’s Paige Tutt stated that she believes the new racially diverse emojis are going to cause more problems than they did in their original state. She says that Apple should have avoided using race in their emojis all together.

Now, if I use two smiley faces to represent me and a white friend, I have to contemplate what color emoji to use.

Other organizations such as DoSomething.org, which collected thousands of signatures in 2014 under their “Diversify My Emoji” petition for Apple to add more skin tones to the app, seem happy about the new change. Many took to Twitter, Tumblr and Vine to express their excitement for the new skin tones and LGBT friendly options.

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Apple says that a Japanese company known as The Unicode Consortium is responsible for creating new emojis.

“Apple supports and cares deeply about diversity, and is working with The Unicode Consortium to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us,” said an Apple spokesperson.

Besides all the uproar about what Apple added to the emoji keyboard, a lot of people had choice words about what they left out!

1. Taco emoji

Taco Bell isn’t feeling the fact that hamburgers and chicken are both represented on the keyboard but not their beloved taco. Nearly 27,000 people have signed a petition for the taco to be added to the next update.

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2. Middle finger emoji

That one’s self explanatory.

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3. Red hair color option

Our red head friends are feeling really left out now that blonde, black, and brown are all available options.

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Whether you use them or not, the new emojis are here to stay and some people seem to be having some fun with the new additions!

Like Sisqo…

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*Peace sign emoji* 

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