You’d think that having red hair and blue eyes (which is the rarest combination in the world) would make people look cool and desirable – but unfortunately, throughout history redheads have been blamed for everything from witchcraft to vampirism.
Redheads demand ginger emoji
Gingers (or redheads, we’re not sure which they prefer) carry the mutated MC1R gene that causes red hair, and they also produce their own Vitamin D in addition to being more sensitive to pain than the rest of the world. These facts mean they should definitely not be ignored on the list of emoji characters – you know, those little pictures that you see on your smartphone keyboard.
“Redheads. In all their glorious gingerness, they’ve been missed out. Again”, said Kelly in her petition description. “If you say you’re going to diversify, why not add a few red-haired emoji in the mix? Natural redheads may be rare at less than 2 percent of the world’s population, but that is 138,000,000 iPhones waiting to happen.”
And critics of Apple have already frowned at the lack of non-Caucasian emojis, which prompted Apple last month to roll out new racially diverse emojis in the next iOS 8.3 update. The Diversify My Emoji campaign inspired Kelly to start one of her own for redheads. Redheads only make up 1 percent to 2 percent of the world’s entire population, so they are by definition a minority.
As of Friday, March 6, the petition has more than 3,370 supporters of the 5,000 needed. So if you want redheads to be in the next batch of emojis, sign the petition.