Teddy Cottle, a fifth year student from a primary school in Sonning Common, west London, has started an online petition urging Apple to change the design of the "nerd" emoji. Teddy, who has worn glasses since he was two, argues that the current emoji is "offensive and insulting" towards people who wear glasses.
Teddy's petition has gained significant support, with more than 1400 signatures collected so far. Teddy explains his discontent with the current design of the "nerd" emoji, noting that reinforces negative stereotypes and portrays people with glasses in a derogatory way. To address this issue, Teddy suggests that Apple replace the emoji with a "genie emoji" and has attached a alternative design at your request.
The boy also criticizes the name "nerd" (nerd in English) and the appearance of the emoji, comparing her to a rat due to her protruding teeth, describing her as rude and stupid. Support for the petition is not limited to just his schoolmates, who have signed in solidarity, but He also has the support of his French teacher, Mrs. Bailliewho encouraged Teddy to create the online petition.