‘This is DEEPLY offensive!’ Twitter users voice their horror over Google’s new ‘inclusive’ salad emoji, after designers revealed they removed the egg to make it vegan-friendly

  • Google UX Manager Jennifer Daniel detailed changes to emojis on Twitter
  • One change was removing the egg from the salad to be ‘inclusive for vegans’
  • People were in a uproar calling saying to change excluded everyone but vegans
  • Jennifer has since said the change was to abide by Unicode’s ‘healthy salad’ definition 

An emoji designer has revealed that Google removed the egg from it’s salad symbol in order to be more inclusive towards vegans. 

Jennifer Daniel, a Google UX Manager at Expression design team, informed social media about changes to the company’s symbols, including the addition of red-headed characters.

But one change has the public in an uproar after Jennifer revealed the new salad emoji would no longer include an egg.

Inclusive? Jennifer Daniel, a Google UX Manager at Expression design team, informed the public that the salad emoji was changed to be inclusive towards vegans 

Altered: Android P’s egg has been removed from the egg salad emoji to make it vegan

Uproar: People were shocked that a company would focus that hard on inclusion when it comes to the symbols 

Not woke: Another person pointed out that the salad now excludes everyone who is not vegan

‘There’s big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google so if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority may I direct your attention to the (salad) emoji— we’ve removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad,’ she wrote on Twitter. 

Commenters who responded to the tweet were confused if Jennifer was trying to be funny or if that was the actual reason for removing the egg. 

‘Serious question: is this in earnest or intentionally ironic parody?’ One person asked after the tweet was posted. 

But mostly everyone was surprised that this is what one company is focusing on in terms of inclusion. 

One person wrote: ‘1960: “In 2018 we’ll have flying cars and travel across space!” 2018: “We removed an egg from an emoji because it hurt someones feelings.”‘

A consistent point to the change that people made was that by excluding the egg, it also excluded most people who did not participate in veganism. 

‘Why don’t you make a salad for every preference instead of this hateful exclusion of everyone who isn’t vegan?’ One angry commenter wrote.  


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Are you serious? One commenter couldn’t decide if this post was real or fake 

Bon appetite! Jennifer has since clarified her tweet saying the company wanted the symbol to represent a ‘healthy salad’ 

Excluded: One carnivore said she was upset about the company taking away the egg from the salad because it was the ‘most nutritious component’ 

More love: The designer said other changes include making the goat and turtle emoji happier

Inclusion: The new emoji update for Google phones also includes red-headed characters 

The salad emoji was not the only one that received a redesign for the Android update. 

‘Our goat is no longer so angry. The turtle really needed a hug. And we gave the Grinning Face With One Large and One Small Eye some anti-anxiety meds,’ the Google manager explained. 

Jennifer, who probably didn’t realize her tweet would blow up like it did, has since clarified the thought process that went into changing the salad emoji. 

Her tweet read: ‘Hello carnivores, vegans and everyone in between! 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!’

This logic was quickly shot down after people noticed that the healthy salad’s cucumber appeared to be missing from the new image. 

It remains unclear if that was always Google’s logic for pulling the egg or if it was actually fueled by the vegan community.  

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