Surely People Have Better Things to Do

Or maybe they don’t.

People love their emojis.  As silly as The Curmudgeon finds them – surely you didn’t need him to tell you that – he must admit that he uses them occasionally, mostly for mid-day “thinking of you” text messages to Mrs. Curmudgeon.  (Who, it should be noted, created her own absolutely adorable bitmoji and uses it to excellent effect.  The Curmudgeon thinks his wife has much too much time on her hands.)

The creators of emojis seem to be running out of ideas for things to turn into emojis, so recently, Apple released… a new bagel emoji.

Because surely we need to be able to send wordless depictions of bread products to our friends.

But to damn near everyone’s surprise, people were not pleased about this bagel emoji.

Not pleased at all.

And since a lot of those displeased people were apparently New Yorkers, they were not at all shy about expressing their displeasure.

So, what was their beef?

The bagel had nothing on it.

Their tweets on the subject included:

You call this factory-produced bagel an emoji that stands for all bagels??? New Yorkers demand more.

 Apple’s new bagel emoji is a monstrosity

 I’m organizing a march in New York City against Apple’s just-revealed bagel emoji, which comes out with the next iOS update. It looks like something you get from a cardboard box in the freezer section at Walmart. This insult will not stand.

 This bagel emoji should only be used to illustrate what kind of bagel you don’t want your friend to pick up on the way over.

Seriously, people?  There are people starving all over the world, kids who can’t read, and the country is being run by a guy who clearly wants to be dictator, not president, but all we’re concerned about is a bagel emoji?

Apple, alas, is not at all interested in alienating its customers, so it changed the bagel:  it put a streak of cream cheese on it.

Or what some of us would call a schmear.

Personally, The Curmudgeon would have preferred some lox.

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