Monday is officially World Emoji Day, and Apple teased a new batch of iOS-supported emojis that are set to be released later this year, including a breastfeeding woman and a Muslim woman adorned in a headscarf.
The hijab-clad Muslim woman emoji caused some anger among anti-Muslim Twitter users, however, as they claimed that Apple was trying to “normalize” Muslim oppression of women by including the headscarf as part of its new emoji pack.
In fact, one upset user tweeted directly at Apple CEO Tim Cook to protest against the new emoji.
“The hijab is a symbol of oppression,” wrote Twitter user @joeymp123. “By including it as an emoji you are showing your support for the oppression of women.”
the hijab is a symbol of oppression. by including it as an emoji you are showing your support for the oppression of women.
— Joeymp (@joeymp123) July 17, 2017
Some more choice comments about the new hijab emoji follow below.
There should be an emoji to show what happens when the Muslim woman takes off the hijab. #WorldEmojiiDay
— Richard Elder (@rickthe_elder) July 17, 2017
Any beheading Emoji?
— José Roberto (@jrwwagner) July 17, 2017
— Michela (@11B_Mic) July 17, 2017
Headscaffs? Lol now that’s funny. I guess we shall be seeing explosive vests as back packs next!
— Richard (@1RTFULDODGER) July 17, 2017
Wow. Oppression by emoji. That’s a new one. Diiissssgrace.
— | C.O.R.A.L. | (@CoralCrusade) July 17, 2017
Try our new emoji, now without a clitoris!
— MarkSchrader🔫🐸🗡️ (@MarkSchrader34) July 17, 2017