Sen. Angus King Writes Letter Asking for a Lobster Emoji

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Sep 25, 2017 5:30 PM
Sen. Angus King Writes Letter Asking for a Lobster Emoji

Today, Monday, September 25, is National Lobster Day, which the Senate just created this past August. In celebration of this most important culinary holiday, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) submitted an official request to The Unicode Consortium for the creation of a lobster emoji. 

He also made a passionate post on Instagram pushing for the creation of a lobster emoji. 

In the letter, King wrote that the lobster emoji would "fill a necessary and unique void in the current Emoji List," and would be used by "lobster fans around the world." He also defended the addition of a lobster emoji by pointing out it is a culturally important animal in Maine and has worldwide appeal (especially in parts of Asia), and argued that the existing shrimp and crab emojis are not able to sufficiently represent the lobster. 

King also said that people use the hashtags "#Lobster" at a comparable rate to "#crab" on various social media platforms, and pointed out that over 4,000 people have recently signed a petition asking for the creation of a lobster emoji.

Personally, I'd love a lobster emoji. I'm obviously biased as a Mainer, but as far as crustaceans are concerned, the lobster can't be beat. We've already got at least 15 emojis that are some form of train--I think we could use a lobster as well. 

And on that note, I'm about to go do my civic duty and celebrate National Lobster Day by downing a lobster roll.