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Petition for ginger emojis picks up speed

Support grows for campaign to see redheads recognised by the Unicode Consortium

We wanted more ethnically diverse emojis and we got them, but people still weren't happy. Last month, 38 new emojis turned up, but people still want mermaids. The latest campaign for representative emojis focuses on that much-maligned demographic: gingers. How on earth are Prince Harry and Lindsay Lohan meant to text about shampoo in emojis? FFS Apple, sort it out.

Ginger Parrot is a website that concentrates solely on all things ginger. Now it's created a petition to get redheads represented by the Unicode Consortium, and at the time of writing, it's had 11,000 signatures from campaigners who want to see redheads properly represented in the next iOS update.

"Redheads. In all their glorious gingerness, they've been missed out," says Ginger Parrot. "If you say you're going to diversify, why not add a few red-haired emojis in the mix? Natural redheads may be rare at less than two per cent of the world's population, but that is 138,000,000 iPhones waiting to happen."

Herein lies the incredible assumption that everybody in the world has a smartphone (#gingerprivilege), but we get the point: redheads want their own emoji, which ultimately seems fair enough.