Tucker Carlson and frequent guest Mark Steyn lit into the new proposed additions to the emoji keyboard, namely, the "pregnant man" emoji. Yes, that's an emoji of a person with short hair and a mustache clutching their stomach much the way a pregnant person would, or a person who had eaten too many nachos.
Carlson joked that all of our phones "are going to get an important update," in the form of this "pregnant man" emoji. He said that the man looks "more constipated than pregnant."
"Pregnant men don't exist in nature but they now exist on your phone," Carlson asked Steyn, "is this good or bad?"
Steyn joked that the emoji, far from being a "pregnant man," bore more of a likeness to Prince Harry. "He's about three months gone, as I understand it," he said, much to the mirth of Carlson. "That's Prince Harry the pregnant man," Steyn said.
"It's just so weird," Carlson said, all joking aside, "you make up one morning and everything seems fine and then you learn that Ron Jeremy is pregnant and has an English accent." Okay, maybe he was still joking. But for these two men, who have undoubtedly never experienced pregnancy for themselves, the concept of a "pregnant man" was nothing short of absurd.
"It's all up for grabs," Steyn said.
"It's definitely up for grabs," Carlson said, asking Steyn how he could see using this emoji in his daily texting life.
"That's what I don't get," Steyn said, noting that he doesn't understand at all how such an emoji would be used. "I don't understand the circumstance..." he said.
Carlson suggested that perhaps the best use of the emoji is as a response to someone saying something insane, for example, "if you think that's crazy, try this pregnant man emoji on for size."
Steyn tried to get serious, for a second, referencing HG Wells and his time machine wherein the narrator sets off to the future only to find the devolution of humanity and their language, which had become "a few primitive catch phrases."
"I think emoji is the phase that follows that," Steyn said, "and the pregnant man emoji is the stage that follows the original emojis because it's got nothing to do with anything."
The main purpose of the emoji, Steyn said, is to differentiate between "uptight squares" and people who are cool with the decimation of reality.
The emoji has not yet been approved by the emoji board at Unicode. The emoji approval board at Unicode accepts proposals from anyone, and makes its decisions behind closed doors. The 2020 Emoji additions added 117 new emojis, including 6 busts of men with mustaches in wedding veils, and 6 genderless figures feeding babies.
Getting a new emoji on the keyboard begins with a submission to Unicode. They say that "Anyone can submit a proposal for an emoji character, but the proposal needs to have all the right information for it to have a chance of being accepted."
Unicode Standard has more than 3,000 emojis.