Ginger emojis are finally available on your phone today
It's fair to say that emojis have completely revolutionised the way we communicate by text, and pretty much everyone uses them nowadays. In fact, their current cultural influence has been so profound that the Oxford English Dictionary named '?' its Word of the Year back in 2015. 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 also fair to say that people like their emojis to be relatable and bear elements of their own personality. We've already written about how many people feel more than a little 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 any need. However, one group which has been sadly underrepresented in the emoji world are ginger people. Yes, redheads have been left totally emoji-deprived since their creation; something which has been particularly galling to certain users.
However, if you're a disappointed ginger then despair no more, because as of today, ginger emojis are coming to phones, and what's more is that they're here to stay. What a brilliant gift for Halloween! The new characters have been launched as part of a 70-stong batch of brand-new emojis, which have been proudly unveiled by Apple to celebrate World Emoji Day. They're now available to all of Apple's iOS 12.1. users.
In a press statement, the corporation said: "More than 70 new emoji come to iPhone and iPad with iOS 12.1, including new characters with red hair, grey hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food."
In a recent interview with CNN, Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia and creator of World Emoji Day, commented on the new emojis and cautioned people not to be too disappointed that not every emoji has a ginger version at the moment. Burge 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." Yes, I guess this proves once and for all that gingers deserve to be treated equally too.