Call for Scots to back ginger emoji campaign

Campaign believes redheads are not being fairly represented by Apple. Picture: Toby Williams
Campaign believes redheads are not being fairly represented by Apple. Picture: Toby Williams
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SCOTLAND’S red heads are being encouraged to back a campaign calling for Apple to introduce an emoji character with ginger hair.

Apple recently updated their range of emoji faces to include a more diverse range of races and ethnic backgrounds.

The Edinburgh Ginger Parade in 2013. Picture: Toby Williams

The Edinburgh Ginger Parade in 2013. Picture: Toby Williams

However, there was still an absence of a ginger emoji, meaning that 13 per cent of people in Scotland are not being represented.

Website Ginger Parrot began an online petition and they will now approach Apple having gathered 11,000 supporters.

Ginger Parrot’s Emma Kelly said: “Redheads go through their lives being teased quite a lot and sometimes worse, I’m not saying Apple has anything against redheads, but I was surprised when redheads weren’t included in the recent emoji update.

“That was actually off a petition to diversify the skin tones, so I think there’s about four or five versions on most of the emojis on the new update.

“When they came out I was really excited and I thought ‘this is it, this is our time!’ but there was one that would have fitted just in the middle and it wasn’t there.

“We may only be two per cent of the whole world, but in Scotland there’s 13 per cent, and even if it’s only two per cent of the world it’s around 138 million people if you calculate it.”

Click here to access Ginger Parrot in order to sign the petition.