Apple have built up a pretty good reputation for themselves as a bit of a do-gooder company. Last month, they revealed their plans to make their data centres ever more environmentally friendly, and now Gizmodo have found out that they’re going to give people the option of using gay Emojis in iOS 6. What bloody good people they are.
Emojis are super-cutesy Japanese icons depicting men and women that are often used in texts and emails. Because of their weird popularity here in the west, Apple have integrated them into their on-screen keyboard functions. Yes, emoji have taken over the world.
Of course, using gay emoji is a move that reflects the times, and it makes perfect sense to have equal representation, but taking this step raises a few questions as well. For instance, where are the black and trans-gender emoji?
What’s more, why do the gay emoji not have mouths to show how happy they are like the families and straight emoji? Perhaps it’s a subversive comment; a suggestion that being homosexual remains a problematic position in our society, and that unless certain issues surrounding it – such as gay church marriage – are resolved, then these people will be deprived of the same fulfilment in life as their straight counterparts.
Anyone else have an interesting interpretation on what the mysterious mouthless gay emoji’s could mean?