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*Updated* Where Are Our Ginger Emojis?


The imagined ginger emoji

**Updated: read below response from Unicode**

We’ve spent nearly three years battling for ginger justice to get a redhead emoji added to Apple products. We left you in March 2016 with the encouraging news that the Unicode Consortium had recommended the integration of red hair modifiers on future emojis.

However, several months later, what we’re now faced with is several kicks in the teeth.

This week, Apple revealed 72 new emojis to be integrated into their emoji keyboard in their iOS 10.2 update, due to arrive in December. Amongst them are two tributes to the late David Bowie, taking the form of his 1973 Aladdin Sane album cover. Let’s compare and contrast, shall we?

David Bowie Aladdin Sane emojis

New emojis

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust - Ginger

Aladdin Sane

Hmm, do you see something amiss here? Us too. What is totally ridiculous about the new emojis is that David Bowie himself had bright red hair on the cover of Aladdin Sane, and had ginger hair for a long stretch of his career (which was his best look). And yet, Apple has deliberately avoided the gingerness and has opted for bright pink and blue colours instead.

Why oh why, Apple, are you going so far out of your way to avoid adding red hair to your emojis?!

Apple’s team seem perfectly capable of redoing the many, many different phases of the moon, but not adding a modifier to allow a red hair option. As if it wasn’t ridiculous enough that there were 10 different moon options on Apple’s emoji keyboard, now they’ve actually taken time out of their day to redo them.

But, hang on a minute. I’m doing Apple an injustice here. Because there is a redhead emoji coming in iOS 10.2, if you look closely – in the form of a creepy clown…

clown emoji

What point are they trying to make?!

Thanks so much, Apple. FYI, it doesn’t count.

We contacted Unicode Consortium for an update on how the process of getting a red-haired emoji added, and here’s what they said:

The committee is still considering mechanisms for emoji variation, including hair color. The issues are complex, and discussion is ongoing.


The confusion continues!


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By Emma


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Emma Kelly is the Editor & Founder of Ginger Parrot. She dresses herself in mismatched multi-seasonal clothing and has a talent for sniffing out the next opportunity for coffee. She believes that any new band with a female musician is the next big thing and that whoever is currently dating Ryan Gosling is the luckiest lady on earth. Her biggest obsession is shopping online for castles, (probably) fueled by childish fantasies of finding her prince and settling down for a life of luxury, bathing in a pool of gin and bitter lemon. Other than that, though, she’ll be incessantly researching the latest gingerful news to deliver to Gingerkind.


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