The Portland Press Herald reports that British transgender activists have claimed the lobster as their official, if temporary, emoji. The group Lobsters Against Transphobia (annual membership dues only $69!) has petitioned Unicode for a pink-and-blue flag emoji, but is using the large crustacean as a capable stand in.
The paper says the group picked lobsters because they can be gynandromorphs, creatures that display both male and female characteristics. (Well, that could certainly speed up the dating process)! The group avers that “Emojis are a way for the world to connect and trans people shouldn’t be left out of the conversation.” It’s good to see them finally coming out of their shells, isn’t it?
Many trans persons, advocates and allies have added the lobster emoji to their Twitter handles and are collectively using the banner “#ClawsOutForTrans.” Some have dressed up as lobsters for Trans Pride parades.
It is irrefutable that there has been a sea-change in Western culture recently. Special interest groups have taken on a crab mentality towards those in the majority, putting them between a rock and a hard place. Either they accept whatever behavior and identity is projected and touted or they will be considered bigots and some version of a “phobe.”
Tres Chic Marxist morons and their advocates had the world’s first emoji: Che Guevara t-shirts. But, must every identity group have its own emoji now? Should pansexuals claim the rabbit as their emoji? Should heterosexuals that intend to mate for life rally around a swan emoji? Low-testosterone men could rally around a Michael Moore emoji.
Hopefully, trans folks won’t start turning red and emitting loud shrieking sounds when taking a hot bath.