Joining the ranks of everyone from Kim Kardashian to Chanel, gay dating community Grindr now has its own special set of emojis. They’re predictably racy, with everything from a leather daddy to a bar of soap to a Polaroid picture of a peach in the mix. The best part, however, is the vast number of highly specific eggplants you can now choose to cartoon sext with. (For the blissfully unaware, the eggplant emoji has become a well-known euphemism for the male genitalia, while the peach represents butts both male and female.)
In addition to your standard purple aubergine, they’re now available in a rainbow of colors, which is very nice and inclusive. There’s also a pierced eggplant, an eggplant under a magnifying glass (get it?), an eggplant with a diamond ring around it, an eggplant on a plate with a knife and fork beside it, an eggplant in someone’s brain, and even an upside down eggplant, which, well, no judgments here. There’s also a Polaroid of an eggplant, which I guess in conjunction with the one of the peach will come in very handy when pointedly soliciting nude pictures of certain body parts.
The aptly-named “Gaymoji” were released yesterday and already there’s been some controversy. A large letter “T” which originally appeared in the set has since been removed after users pointed out that the letter is often used as slang for crystal meth. According to Buzzfeed, Grindr claims the “T” was supposed to be used in conjunction with a nearby “D” to create the acronym “DT”, which apparently means “down to.” There’s also a digital clock that reads 4:20, but nobody seems to have an issue with that.
Personally, I haven’t been on a dating app in years (and as a straight woman have never had reason to use Grindr), but if these variegated eggplants could have cut down on the number of unsolicited human dick pics I received once upon a time on Tinder, well, I would have been all for it.