A young boy named Teddy, 10 years old, from Peppard, Oxfordshire, has initiated a petition urging Apple to modify its glasses emoji, which he deems “offensive and insulting.” Teddy, who wears glasses himself, objects to the emoji’s exaggerated front teeth, arguing it perpetuates a negative stereotype about people who wear glasses.
To address this, Teddy has proposed a new design for the emoji, featuring a modest smile instead of the broad toothy grin. He expressed to the BBC his desire to see this change implemented, criticizing Apple for presenting a derogatory image of individuals with glasses.
Furthermore, Teddy feels that the current emoji design not only affects him personally but also potentially offends a large number of people worldwide who wear glasses. He has renamed his version of the emoji the “genius emoji,” in contrast to its common nickname, the “nerd emoji.” His design includes thin lenses and frames, coupled with a small smiling face, replacing the “horrible rabbit teeth.”
Teddy’s motivation for this campaign arose when he noticed the emoji while texting his cousin. He discussed his concerns with a teacher, Lisa, who supported him in launching the petition, which started in his school and then expanded online. Lisa praised Teddy’s inquisitive nature and his determination to stand up for his beliefs.
Teddy remains hopeful that Apple will consider his suggestions, stating that it would be incredibly exciting and fulfilling for him.