The so-called “Colbert emoji” is now available in Unicode 10.0 and on iOS

According to Unicode Consortium president, Mark Davis, one of the latest emojis released is inspired by Stephen Colbert from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“Just cut off my nose, dip me in yellow paint, and I defy you to tell the difference.” — Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert, the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, now effectively has his own emoji, with Davis of the Unicode Consortium referring to it as the “Colbert Emoji”. The emoji in question, which was created by Maximilian Merz, features — and is officially called — “Face With A Single Eyebrow Raised”.

“Face With A Single Eyebrow Raised” Emoji, colloquially known as the “Colbert” emoji — a name which the current Unicode Consortium president himself has reiterated.

The emoji, which Time Magazine has described in detail is included with the release of Unicode 10.0, alongside more than 20 other emojis, ranging from “Crazy Face” to pie and a hedgehog. Time described the emoji as intending to convey “skepticism, accompanied by the concepts of disapproval and (mild) surprise.”

Colbert was excited about the news of its release, going so far as to feature it as a segment on his late night television show. During the episode (pictured below), Colbert was able to match the expression of the emoji to near perfection, commenting “just cut off my nose, dip me in yellow paint, and I defy you to tell the difference,” before continuing to state that the emoji is now available in the latest update to the iPhone operating system (iOS), as well as on Twitter, Facebook, What’s App, and “let’s say, Samsung smart refrigerators” — the latter most likely referring to the Samsung Galaxy(R) smartphone brand.

Colbert mimics the expression of the emoji colloquially named after him by Unicode Consortium president, Mark Davis. All rights belong to CBS and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

In the words of Rob Marvin, PC Magazine associate editor, “the Colbert emoji’s potential is boundless, but this is one of modern nerdom’s foremost thought leaders we’re talking about; a man who can make an Atticus Finch-level legal argument on the differences between Gollum and Smeagol while a man’s actual life hangs in the balance…”


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