As of recent, Tinder has started a petition to create emojis specifically for interracial couples and following up with a video titled #ReperesentLove which features a diverse set of couples each showing their love for their significant other in their own way. The petition has already surpassed it's mark of 5k signatures and now aims to achieve it's new goal of 7.5k signatures. The petition has also received support from Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian who is married to the tennis champion Serena Williams. Although the creation of interracial emojis could take awhile, they are number 4 of the most sought after emoji to be created by Unicode. Windows had added interracial emojis way back in 2016, however it was stated Jeremy Burge, who is chief emoji officer of Emojipedia, that you could only do that through copying and pasting and not through the keyboard. Nonetheless, its still a step in the right direction as we get closer and closer to having interracial couple emojis directly accessible by keyboard.
Apple took another right step by adding skin tones to their emojis as well as adding same-sex couples to their ever expanding list of emojis. However, it takes 2 years to get an emoji approved so it may be awhile. There are apps out there that let could substitute for the desire of interracial couple emojis. "Love-Moji" which is a keyboard extension app, features the diverse emojis and can be downloaded from the app store.
Technology moves at an astounding rate, yet its no surprise that we as people who created it are still struggling to catch up with it. However, Tinder's motives behind this campaign seem to be pointing us in the right direction, all be it one step at a time.
Check out Tinder's campaign video below and go and support their cause.
By: Chris Irving