A redhead emoji might finally be on the cards thanks to ginger equality campaigners


    A ginger emoji might finally be on the cards
    (Picture: Emojipedia)

    It’s been almost a year since emojis became available in multiple skin tones.

    Since the change, more than just the Simpson-esque yellow skin shade has been available, which is fantastic.

    But despite the positive move towards diversification, there’s one hitch: as the emojis’ skin gets darker, so does its hair, meaning they only currently range from blonde to black hair.

    The women’s march was amazing, but what comes next?

    Leaving behind one hair colour in particular: Ginger.

    So quite rightly, redheads aren’t happy about this, and have been campaigning for a ginger emoji to be added to the collection.

    An online petition has been organised in Scotland – which statistically has a higher number of redheads – and now has more than 20,000 signatures.

    Woman looking out to landscape
    In Scotland, Wales and Ireland redheads make up around 10% of the population (Picture: Pexels)

    Its Change.org page reads:

    ‘Despite the recent racial and sexual ‘diversification’ of Apple’s emoji to be released in the next iOS 8.3 update, there’s still an important group of people missing from the emoji family of 300 new symbols.

    ‘Redheads. In all their glorious gingerness, they’ve been missed out.

    ‘Again. If you say you’re going to diversify, why not add a few red-haired emoji in the mix?

    told The Telegraph.

    ‘This document aims to move the discussion forward on how this can be addressed,’ he added.

    Burge himself presented the topic for discussion, and said that one option would be to have a single redhead person on the keyboard – allowing any of the emojis to have red hair.

    For now, there still isn’t a ginger option.

    But this could hopefully – especially after the Unicode meeting – be changing very soon.

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