It’s been talked about for a couple years now, but it seems like emojis in different skin tones will soon be a reality. New York Daily News reports:
Unicode Consortium, which encodes the popular figures used in iPhones, Androids and other smartphones, is planning to add a skin-tone modifier to its system — allowing users to decide if they want to send a white, black or brown smiley face.
“People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone,” Unicode wrote in a draft of its update.
Each character — haircut girl, praying hands, thumbs up, dancer in a red dress, even the police man and angel — would be available in original pale and four darker shades.
Apparently several celebs, (Miley Cyrus) included have been vocal about the lack of diverse emojis. New York Daily News reported, “In 2012, Miley Cyrus tweeted that she wanted more diversity in her picture characters. Earlier this year, Tahj Mowry also vented about emoji’s diversity problem.”
I don’t mean to be funny or flippant, but I didn’t know that we really needed diverse emjois. I am typically all Black everything, but honestly I’ve never been texting and wished I had a Black emoji to fully represent the range of emotions I’m trying to convey. I guess it’s just me and I need to get hip. But I’m like, will these diverse emojis truly reflect how I feel? Will they have a perfect side eye and pursed lips? Will there be one with a cute twist out? Can one be doing a don’t even try it finger wag. No. Of course not. That would be considered as wrong and too ignorant. So, what’s wrong with basic emojis since they’re not a true reflection of our feelings?
If anything I would prefer tone fonts before diverse emojis. Now how cool would that be? Someone is trying to start some mess with you and you get to select the: ‘You don’t want it with me’ font or the ‘Heffa, I will cut you’ font. I’m going to have to start that campaign next.
What do you think about diverse emojis? Are you excited about them?
Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.