Apple's new feet emojis have seriously annoyed people for a bizarre reason
It's a fact that emojis have totally changed the way we communicate by text. It seems like everyone uses them nowadays, and their cultural influence has been so profound that the Oxford English Dictionary even went so far as to name the '?' emoji ithe Word of the Year for 2015. Back then, Oxford Dictionaries President Caspar Grathwohl stated that: "traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of 21st Century communication. It's not surprising that a pictographic script like emoji has stepped in to fill those gaps—it's flexible, immediate, and infuses tone beautifully."
However, it's not enough that emojis are now widespread. People nowadays want their emojis to be relatable, and to reflect own personality and background We've already written about how many people feel uncomfortable when they have to rely on emojis of a different race compared with their own, and there are now a variety of skin tones for emojis to accommodate anyone. However, a recent update to Apple's emoji library has left a lot of iPhone users pretty damn disgruntled.
One of the newer updates has introduced the 'feet' emoji - emojis that look like human feet and come in a variety of colours and skin tones. However, some people have pointed out on social media that the foot with the darkest skin tone has been rendered in an unrealistic, seeing as the sole is the same colour as the rest of the foot, rather than an area that the paler shade that the soles of feet usually are.
One Twitter commenter wrote: "Doing too much - if the bottom of your foot is black you should be visiting your doctor," While another added: "Y'all just going to admit you don't know what black people's feet look like?" However, some people were more understanding about the issue, with one commenter writing: "There's no emoji showing the top of a foot so the only way to make a foot for everybody is to make the entire foot black. Twitter be turning everything into a problem."
In a recent interview with CNN, Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia and creator of World Emoji Day, stated: "As always, some of the most vocal requests for new emojis are about representation, and this update delivers some of the most common requests. In particular, the redheads and curly haired options are likely to be popular. I do think some users will be in for a shock if they're expecting every emoji to have a redheaded option."
He added: "I hope people will try using World Emoji Day as an excuse to lighten up their online communications. Honestly, there's nothing better than when someone who might have seemed a bit aloof via email sends an emoji and you can breathe out, knowing we're all just humans after all."