A pregnant man emoji is coming in the latest iteration of Apple’s iOS update, according to a Friday report from Fox Business.
What are the details?
A pregnant man and a pregnant person are just two new emojis coming to the Apple iPhone’s iOS 15.4 update.
The report added that the emoji was released in a voluntary update on Thursday as part of a beta release and noted that the full update will come hell or high water later this year.
The Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit organization that oversees emoji standards, originally selected the designs in September, People reported.
Emojipedia, an emoji reference website, shared the designs to the internet in September when the company first announced the forthcoming pregnant man and pregnant person emojis.
At the time, the company said that the new emojis “may be used for representation by trans men, non-binary people, or women with short hair — though, of course, use of these emoji is not limited to these groups.”
A spokesperson for the company added that the new emojis can also be “tongue-in-cheek way to display a food baby, a very full stomach caused by eating a large meal.”
Describing the pregnant man and pregnant person emojis, Emojipedia in July wrote that the company recognizes that “pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people” and would be “additions to the existing pregnant woman emoji.”
What has been the response to this?
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) tweeted about the news, writing, “The same week the Left is begging to cancel @JoeRogan for ‘misinformation,’ @Apple creates a pregnant man emoji. I just can’t.”
Radio host Jason Rantz added, “Men can’t get pregnant. This isn’t a controversial take to 99% of the globe. Even emojis have to be woke now and it’s an intentional way to shift public thinking and legitimize an absurd political agenda.”
British broadcaster and former CNN host Piers Morgan simply wrote, “Apple’s new pregnant man emoji. Words fail me. #TheWorldsGoneNuts.”
Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson quipped, “In the real world, men can very easily get pregnant if they don’t take proper precautions. Watch out, guys. Apple’s new iPhone update includes a reminder of this: a pregnant man emoji.”
Lisa Boothe, Fox News contributor, wrote, “The same people who like Apple’s pregnant man emoji are worried about ‘misinformation.’ We are seeing the craziest redefining of the truth. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but men can’t have babies.”
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