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Bright Button Emoji ๐Ÿ”† / Sun Emoji

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Bright Button Emoji ๐Ÿ”†, unofficially referred to as Sun Emoji, is an emoji of a simplistic sun graphic depicted as a yellow circle with several rays coming out of it. The emoji has been used by Twitter users honoring the memory of Eden Knight, a 23-year-old transgender woman who committed suicide in March 2023. Due to reported earlier unrelated instances of the emoji being used by white supremacists, the use of the emoji has been a subject of viral debates within the transgender community.


On October 11th, 2010, version 6.0.0 of The Unicode Standard was released,[1] introducing over 1,000 new symbols, chief among them emoji symbols. The list of introduced emojis included ๐Ÿ”†, officially known as the Bright Button Emoji (shown below).[2]

Bright Button Emoji Meaning An icon of a outlined sun, used when increasing the brightness of a screen. Appears larger than the Low Brightness Symbol. Bright Button was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 under the name "High Brightness Symbol" and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015. Copy and Paste Copy and paste this emoji: Apple Google Noto Color Emoji Samsung Copy -

Online Use

In mid-March 2023, in the week following the suicide of Eden Knight, a 23-year-old transgender Saudi woman who was forced out of the United States by her family and made to detransition,[8] Twitter[3][4] user @dainserk (Knight's friend) set the emoji as a part of their username in her memory. According to @dainserk,[5] Knight has used the emoji as her personal symbol since 2021.

Lรผka of the sun cult @dainserk. Mar 18 I wanted to stay shut, I really wanted to. The sun emoji is to commemorate Eden, a trans woman and a friend who was killed by bigotry and had more moral integrity than all of you combined. Eden would hate every single one of you, you're ghouls and deserve nothing. 30 Juicy Jai Retweeted traumazine cover girl @slime_succubus. 9m the fact that this question keeps being asked is... telling. it's important to surround yourself with good people is all ima say. princess wand wizard Replying to @LuxOnFiyah and @Dreaded Jai is some kind of dog whistle 1 76 Lรผka of the sun cult @dainserk LI 2 833 Rest in power, Eden 6:57 PM. Mar 18, 2023 24.1K Views @princessww.15m 9 33.2K Jai, slime succubus, all of you are horrible people and deserve nothing. You don't even have the decency to let people like me who were friends to Eden mourn in piece, you're so busy making this about yourselves. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Lรผka of the sun cult @dainserk It's been a week since the news of Eden's passing have come. And it still feels like it happened yesterday. It really hurts. Detransition kills, support each other and help each other as much as you can. Rest in power Eden, we miss you so much.-- 2:14 PM Mar 19, 2023 5,232 Views


In the following months, multiple users on Twitter adopted the emoji as a way of honoring the memory of Eden Knight and demanding an investigation into her death. In the meantime, incidents of prior use of the emoji on Twitter by white supremacists, presumably due to it being used to represent the Black Sun, have been reported by some members of the LGBTQ+ community. On April 20th, 2023, Twitter user @dainserk addressed the allegations that the emoji was a sun symbol (tweet shown below, left). On April 21st, Twitter user @SailorUrectum then posted a screenshot of two Twitter users accusing @dainserk of being a nazi apologist, criticizing them. The tweet gained over 70 retweets and 860 likes in one month (shown below, right).

Lรผka of the sun cult @dainserk I will keep the sun emoji in my name simply because it was Eden's symbol, far back in 2021. I use it to commemorate her memory. Don't even try to even suggest it is a nazi symbol to me because I'll absolutely snap at your disrespect. The sun cult misses you Eden 8:55 PM. Apr 20, 2023 ยท 1,782 Views "not" "Bill Kezos" (hypothetically) @SailorUrectum cool great how effective the usual suspects have been at torturing a Jewish trans woman mourning her gf (Arab trans woman) by accusing them and everyone else with a - emoji of being Nazis and getting people to act like this is an actual, good faith concern Lรผk of the sun cult * @dainserk - 2h That's not even fucking remotely comparable, the sun emoji is used worldwide for a thousand of situation, it's the literal fucking sun for God's sake. Just because less than 500 nazis on twitter use it doesn't mean the emoji takes that meaning or anyone who uses it is a nazi. 141 2 Angry Bird @Aetreiythe. 1h It is when people are literally saying "literal Nazis have attacked me, threatened my family and doxxed me and all of these accounts that are attacking me have this same fucking emoji." You run the risk of association. Period. 12 5 4 Communist Kaiju @CommunistKaiju 11 5:52 PM. Apr 21, 2023 ยท 45.5K Views 15 You're talking to a nazi apologist here 2:07 PM - Apr 21, 2023 - 62 Views ฤฑlฤฑ 609

The viral debate surrounding the emoji was reignited in early May 2023 after Black transgender user @DreadedJai set her Twitter handle to "Jai Michelle ๐Ÿ”†๐Ÿšฌ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ" on May 1st, also tweeting Dancer Emojis next to a Gravestone Emoji (post no longer available; screenshots shown below, left and right).[7]

trist niminen Jai Michelle 20 @Dreaded Jai Follow Jai Michelle @DreadedJai 3:06 PM 5/1/23 - 2,605 Views 53 Likes 1 Retweet 1 Quote 27 Hooman Bean @hooman_bean_-23h Frog? I missed the frog!? Q 1 27 1 Jai Michelle โ‚234 @Dreade... 23h ... ...

Through May 2023, the argument between @DreadedJai and several of her followers on one side and Twitter users using the ๐Ÿ”† emoji continued on Twitter, with the sides accusing each other of attention seeking, inaction and harassment, among other things (examples seen below).

"not" "Bill Kezos" (hypothetically) @SailorUrectum Jai when people ask why on earth it would be okay for her to mock the death of a trans woman who was trafficked and died by su*c*de after being forcibly detransitioned and say she had it coming and tweeting out "-" and 2" in her handle and putting " ON I'M BIGGY-BLACK-BLACKETY-BLACK AND I'M BLACK 9:32 AM - May 18, 2023 37.3K Views You Know Who I Am @JaiTheeDreaded #JusticeForEden :"Hey does anyone wanna help me get booze and groceries for this week? If not it's okay" "SHES A SCAMMER A GRIFTER AND ALCOHOLIC ABUSER HOW DARE SHE!" :"I need $600 to mourn someone I dated online for 3 months. That was fast I actually need $3000" II GIF ALT I'm going to make it rain!

Various Examples

"not" "Bill Kezos" (hypo... @Sailor... โ€ข May 21 who could have foreseen that this would be her angle? You Know Who I Am @JaiTheeDreaded 5 Literally what's stopping us from working together to reach the same goal other than the fact it would likely end the racist hate campaign yall have going on 6:38 PM 5/21/23 from Earth 52 Views 17 9 #Jus... 221 9,509 ุฑุง "not" "Bill Kezos" (hypothetically) @SailorUrectum ... no, no everyone has to forgive her for the things she won't even stop doing, and pretend as if starting a change petition after months of harassing Eden's partner and calling emojis Nazi dogwhistles is somehow doing the Work, and if not than you're racist 7:04 PM . May 21, 2023 - 7,682 Views Cassie D. Jeneritt @CleverCasmir. May 22 Someone creates a change petition advocating for a real investigation into the death of a trans person, only for them to be hounded on for it by assholes who themselves have done nothing but adopt a emoji in their handle, but outside of that, have done nothing themselves. t 16 โ‚2,812 5 Cassie D. Jeneritt A@CleverCasmir. May 22 The only things have done at all is establish Black trans women as acceptable targets for bullying and harassment(transmisogynoir), that's it. 4 Cassie D. Jeneritt @CleverCasmir 50 A Black trans woman actually tries to do SOMETHING and she's berated for it by the same do-nothing s. 27 4 3 31 Sorry not sorry. 2:59 PM . May 22, 2023 876 Views 1,148 ุจุงุฑ Perhaps the and transmisogynoir are actually intrinsically linked, they seem to keep going together like peanut butter and jelly, funny how that works. โ†‘ ... And I was maligned for saying was a white supremacist symbol, doesn't seem that far off actually. Marin Supremacy (Prisoner Veronica Arc) @CEOofGyaru What does this emoji mean and why does everyone that has it on their name have retarded opinions? How To DOOKIE! ... 12:25 PM . Apr 26, 2023 1,077 Views ++* Psychopomp Lalla, PhD+ @dieSegenChukfi Y'all don't know what a fucking dog whistle is I'm sorry but on an app of 450 million ppl you're going to have to do better than blatantly N*zi account has a similar emoji Don't tell me you can't see the difference btwn TransBunni (Justice for Eden) & NewReich1988- "not" "Bill Kezos" (hypothetically) @SailorUrectum . Apr 22 fellas, is it a *Nazi dogwhistle* a trans woman and says fascists are bad?? Show this thread oman's AR 5:26 PM Apr 22, 2023 12.5K Views ca Picatinny BYMP@Picatin.. cism is when the ruling party denie dical transition to Montana youth OFFICIALLY CENSURES THE ONLY MAN in the legislature for saying t icy will cause deaths in the commu : Alejandra Caral @Esqu....1d The forceful removal of children from their families based on immutable characteristics is genocide. Florida Republicans Pass Bill Allowing

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External References

[1] Unicode โ€“ Unicodeยฎ 6.0.0

[2] Emojipedia โ€“ Bright Button

[3] Twitter โ€“ @dainserk

[4] Twitter โ€“ @dainserk

[5] Twitter โ€“ @dainserk

[7] Twitter โ€“ @mossymushie

[8] Independent โ€“ Eden Knight Article

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