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Max Raskin

I'll Choose My Own Emojis, Thank You Very Much

Unicode’s Emoji Subcommittee shouldn't be deciding whether there should be five or fifteen skin colors.

Let the people decide. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Let the people decide. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Illustration: Brent Murray/Bloomberg

For a millennial, my emoji use is pretty old-fashioned. A :) will generally suffice. Nevertheless, I was mesmerized by “Picture Character,” an upcoming documentary that details everything you want to know about emojis.

The film follows three campaigns petitioning for the inclusion of new emoji characters in the canonical Unicode Standard: a woman wearing a hijab, mate, a popular Argentinian drink, and a pair of underwear with a drop of blood to symbolize menstruation.