Bespectacled boy, 10, starts petition calling for Apple to change its 'horrible', stereotypical nerd emoji

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  • Teddy Cottle, 10, has launched a petition calling for Apple to alteration nan emoji
  • He says nan salient beforehand teeth springiness nan incorrect belief of glasses-wearers 

By Shivali Best For Mailonline

Published: 10:50 EST, 29 November 2023 | Updated: 10:58 EST, 29 November 2023

From a cheeky aubergine to a friends smiley face, emoji now shape a staple portion of galore of our regular conversations.

But 1 boy claims that urgent changes are needed to 1 of nan astir celebrated emoji – nan 'nerd'.

Teddy Cottle, 10, from Oxfordshire, has launched a petition calling for Apple to alteration nan 'offensive and insulting' character.

He claims that nan salient beforehand teeth springiness nan incorrect belief of glasses-wearers and suggests that a grin would beryllium much appropriate.

'It's making maine consciousness sad and upset, and if I find it violative there'll beryllium thousands of group astir nan world that find it violative too,' he said. 

Teddy claims that nan salient beforehand teeth springiness nan incorrect belief of glasses-wearers and suggests that a grin would beryllium much appropriate

Teddy, of Peppard, says nan emoji gives nan incorrect belief of group who deterioration glasses.

The bespectacled schoolboy has done his ain type of nan emoji, replacing nan toothy grin pinch a mini smile.

He said: 'We want to alteration this - Apple are making it perfectly horrible for group wearing glasses.

'They're making group deliberation we're nerds and it's perfectly horrible.'

He's calling his type nan brilliant emoji, and hopes Apple will move to it.

'It's sewage bladed lenses and bladed frames, and a small smiley look alternatively of nan horrible rabbit teeth,' he said. 

'I for illustration wearing glasses because they make maine spot a batch better, and they look bully and stylish.'

Teddy was sparked into action erstwhile he saw nan offending emoji erstwhile texting his cousin, and shared his anger pinch his schoolhouse French teacher, Lisa Baillie.

Madame Baillie helped him commencement nan petition, first astir nan school, and past online.

'I emotion Teddy's inquisitive mind, and nan truth he fights for what he believes in,' she said.

'He's rather vocal astir it but successful rather a grown-up way, and I deliberation that should beryllium supported, encouraged and commended arsenic well.'

For nan petition, he wrote: 'We deliberation nan nerd emoji is violative and insulting to each those group successful nan world who deterioration glasses.

The bespectacled schoolboy has done his ain type of nan emoji, replacing nan toothy grin pinch a mini smile

'It's sewage bladed lenses and bladed frames, and a small smiley look alternatively of nan horrible rabbit teeth,' he said 

'We deliberation group who deterioration glasses are cool and we are worried that group who are getting glasses for nan first clip will deliberation they are going to look for illustration rabbits aliases rats.

'We are asking you to alteration nan sanction of nan emoji to nan brilliant emoji and alteration nan design.'

Teddy says it would beryllium 'amazing' if Apple took his thought connected board, adding he'd beryllium 'so excited.'

His mother, Esme, was not wholly amazed erstwhile she heard astir his campaign.

'He has ever been for illustration that, really willing successful learning, and he watches a batch of documentaries,' she said. 

'My hubby mentioned that Teddy watches Prime Minister's questions.

'He is very willing successful nan news and existent events and has a thirst for knowledge and wants to study to understand things.

'I deliberation it's amazing. He ever has very beardown opinions astir things and I deliberation fighting for what you judge successful should beryllium encouraged arsenic we thin to suffer this arsenic adults.

MailOnline has contacted Apple for comment. 

For nan petition, he wrote: 'We deliberation nan nerd emoji is violative and insulting to each those group successful nan world who deterioration glasses'