'More gingerness!' Petition calls for redhead emojis

Redheads with iPhones rejoice: there is now a petition to get Apple to add characters with red hair.

Last week, Apple released a beta update to its operating system to include characters with five shades of skin and same-sex relationship emojis. At the time, the Guardian asked when redheads would be given an emoji presence – and now there is a petition urging Apple to do just that.

Emma Kelly, who runs a website for redheads called Ginger Parrot, was unimpressed when she noticed not one of the new characters had red hair. She said: “I was looking through them and thought, hang on a second, there’s one missing here.”

Inspired by the Diversify my Emoji petition, Kelly set up a Change.org petition urging Apple to add redheads to the 300 new symbols. She added:

I can’t believe redheads didn’t even get one character in Apple’s openly ‘diversified’ collection of emoji. If you say you’re going to diversify, why not add a few ginger-haired emoji in the mix? Sure, we only make up less than 2% of the world’s population, but that is 138,000,000 iPhones waiting to happen.

The petition currently has more than 1,500 signatures. Kelly said she plans on sending the petition to Apple once it hits around 10,000 signatures.

Apple’s emoji update came following complaints about the lack of racial diversity in the emoji characters. In the new update, a bright yellow is the default option, with five other skin tones available, modelled on the Fitzpatrick scale. Currently, only testers can use the new emojis, with an official release on its way in the next few months.

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