Same sex (blond) emojis
Have you noticed? WhatsApp has now added same sex emojis to Android devices! Even though they’re very late to the party since the release of Apple’s more inclusive emoji selection in April last year, they’re here now and they’re really cool.
It goes without saying that the so-called gay emojis sparked an outcry from WhatsApp users who deemed them “nasty” and “uncalled for”, and urged WhatsApp to remove them entirely from the app, to replace them with “better” emojis, such as “avocado and Muslim emojis”.
A report also shows that Indonesia has requested that WhatsApp and Facebook block subscribers from using gay emojis and stickers, even though same-sex relationships have been legal in that country since 1993. Yet Indonesian authorities still think gay relationships are a sensitive issue.
The web was abuzz last year after WhatsApp initially added diversity to its emojis, but for some reason it failed to do the same with these new gay emojis and the modern families they celebrate.
I can’t believe that with all races having LGBTi members, the mobile messaging app couldn’t have been more accommodating to varied skin colours, instead of having 21 exclusively white couples overall. Even nearly a year later, it is still the same on iOS systems.
There has been an addition and rearrangement in the categories, which might cause one to think that some emojis have been removed, but they haven’t.
The new emoji set is only available on version 2.12.453 for Android users, and your contacts need to be on the same version to be able to view the emojis, otherwise they will only appear as boxes.
DISAPPOINTING WhatsApp could’ve included racial diversity in their ‘diverse’ emojis