Thoughts on Apple’s Racist / Anti-Racist “Yellow Asian” Emojis

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Thoughts on Apple’s Racist / Anti-Racist “Yellow Asian” Emojis

Emojis speak louder than words. There’s nothing like a good emoji to lighten up awkward conversations and to sprinkle a bit of personality in your texts. My personal favourite is the”hair-flick” emoji.

Let’s not forget the aubergine emoji that we love and hate in equal measure…  😉

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Anyway, last month, Apple revealed a new set emojis, including 32 flags of various countries, alternative family types and the “yellow face” emoji, aiming to add racial diversity to the face of texting.


Although the decision was well-intended, we can’t help but think they didn’t quite think things through when they released them. The yellow faced emojis play on the history of racist Asian stereotypes, and have already caused huge backlash on Twitter.

Many people are clearly upset about Apple’s decision but an Apple analyst, Rene Ritchie, has defended the company’s decision and explained that the yellow emojis were actually not intended to represent the Asian race.

Rene Ritchie, tweeted, “The yellow emoji aren’t meant to represent a skin tone. They’re default emoji yellow. Tap to hold to get one of the five skin tone choices.”

What do you think? What is up with the yellow skinned emoji?

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