Google Changed the Salad Emoji and Now It's More Inclusive to Vegans

Google Changed the Salad Emoji and Now It's More Inclusive to Vegans

Elizabeth Licata
Jun 7, 2018
(Image credit: Ermak Oksana)

Google announced this week that in a move towards greater inclusivity, it would be changing its salad emoji to remove the slice of hard-boiled egg, thus making the salad vegan-friendly. It's part of an update that includes 157 new emojis and updates to some of the existing ones. Now the bacon is crispier, the goat looks less angry, and the salad is vegan.

Vegans can now rest assured that if they were stranded on a desert island with nothing but their phones, they would still probably starve to death because you can't actually eat an emoji — because it's just made of pixels.

"There's big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google," tweeted Jennifer Daniel, Google emojis' head of design. "So if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority may I direct your attention to the emoji — we've removed the egg in Android P Beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad."

The new salad emoji may be vegan, but unfortunately it's also pretty sad-looking. If there's one thing vegans are good at, it's making salads, but now the Android salad emoji just looks like plain lettuce with sliced tomatoes. There's no dressing, no croutons, not even some sliced cucumbers. The last time I had a salad like that, I was on an airplane. But the airplane salad at least had some some shredded carrots, too.

Of course, some people showed up in the comments to complain that getting rid of the egg slice excluded non-vegans, who would henceforth be forced to satisfy themselves with the emojis for cheese, egg, pizza, pancake, bacon, steak, lobster, a second kind of egg, drumstick, hot dog, cheeseburger, paella, sushi, shrimp, and that random chunk of meat on a bone emoji.

Daniel later tweeted to say that the salad had actually been changed to more faithfully stick to the Unicode description of the salad emoji, which describes the emoji as, "A bowl of healthy salad, containing lettuce, tomato, and other salad items such as cucumber."

"Hello carnivores, vegans and everyone in between!" she tweeted. "Just want to clarify that the goal of salad emoji redesign was to create an image more faithful to Unicode's description. 'A bowl of healthy salad, containing lettuce, tomato, and other salad items such as cucumber.' Bon appetite!"

Google's sad salad emoji could sure use some of those cucumbers or other "salad items," though. It doesn't look nearly as delicious as Apple's salad emoji, which includes cucumber slices and red onions. The salad emojis on Facebook and Twitter both include cucumber, tomatoes, and black olives. Samsung's salad emoji is full of sliced red, yellow, and orange peppers, and would definitely be the most delicious of all the salad emojis, if the salad emojis were actually something you could eat.

What do you think of Google's new salad emoji?

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