OK, listen. I know this might seem petty. I know this isn’t strictly ‘political’. I know this might seem like ‘old news’. But I’m FED UP of receiving messages from friends (despite thinking I’d moaned about this to everyone I know) saying ‘oh I’ve finally got the new iOS update! Tegan – there are ginger emojis! You’ve got representation!’
BITCH, I KNOW THERE ARE GINGER EMOJIS. I DOWNLOADED THE NEW iOS UPDATE LITERALLY AS SOON AS IT DROPPED BECAUSE I WAS SO EXCITED. I’VE HAD THEM FOR MONTHS. AND THEY’RE TERRIBLE.
Why? Because they’re not the same as the other girls.
When Apple said they were releasing “ginger emojis” (which, by the way, they were saying for OVER A YEAR before they actually released them), I was buzzing. I was tired of having to use the blonde or brunette emoji every time I wanted to do a sassy hand raise or cross my arms.
But it turns out that, actually, I’m still going to have to do that. Because the pic you can see above is it. That’s it. The whole spectrum of emotions that redheads are allowed to express.
There will be no sassy hand waving or arm crossing from me. I am simply allowed to stare, blankly, into space – but with red hair!
Like, honestly, WHEN would I *ever* send that emoji? Why can’t the redhead girl be included in the squad with the other girls, the other girls that are allowed to express some form of emotion?
Whilst all the other girls can be princesses, can shrug, can get pregnant and can breastfeed… us gingers can…stare blankly into space! What I’m saying is, we’re not included with the rest of the gang. When you slide your finger across the spectrum of girls to choose from, is there a ginger girl? No.
Apple have put gingers, as well as bald people, people with white hair and women with hijabs, into a separate ‘other’ category. Which is, quite frankly, bullshit.
Also, I feel bad for the ginger guys – why do they ALL have a creepy moustache?
So, in conclusion – NO. I am not happy about the ginger emojis. I’m still not satisfied and do not ‘finally feel represented’ after seven years of owning an iPhone. I still can’t ACTUALLY SEND any of the emojis I WANT TO SEND. It’s honestly embarrassing that it’s taken Apple this long to even include redheads, and they STILL haven’t got it right.
Apple – it’s time you include redheads (and white-haired people, bald people, and women in hijabs) as part of the emotion-feeling spectrum, NOT as one-off ‘novelty’ emojis that serve literally no purpose except to maybe say ‘I dyed my hair red and I don’t know how to feel about it’.