Crossed-Out Pride Flag Emoji Combination
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Crossed-Out Pride Flag Emoji Combination 🏳️🌈⃠ , also known as "No Homo" Emoji, refers to a Unicode symbol combination which appears as a crossed-out pride flag on iphone and ipad mobile devices when emojis "Pride Flag" 🏳️🌈 and "Prohibited" 🚫 are combined. The discovery of the emoji combination and its consecutive spread online sparked an outrage, with some users misinterpreting it as a new emoji.
The earliest available tweet containing 🏳️🌈⃠ combination was made by Twitter user @mioog on February 18th, 2019 (shown below, top left), who later claimed discovering it "in Apple's code". The tweet gained 118 retweets and 336 likes in two days. In the following hours, multiple users used the combination in their tweets (examples shown below).
Some users misinterpreted the combination of the Unicode symbols as a new emoji added by Apple, describing it as homophobic and anti-LGBTQ.
While the emoji combination appears as a crossed-out rainbow flag on Apple mobile devices (shown below, left), it appears differently on Android devices (shown below, center) and on Windows systems (shown below, right).
On February 19th, 2019, Redditor goodbagels provided instructions for combining Unicode characters together (shown below). The effect can be replicated by putting any of the following Unicode characters, categorized as "combining" symbols, between the emojis: U+20DD, U+20E3, U+20E4, U+20DF.
On Twitter, the emoji combination has been used in multiple popular posts both of pro-LGBTQ and anti-LGBTQ nature (examples below).
On February 19th, 2019, Redditor Minchworm posted the Unicode combination to /r/copypasta subreddit. The post gained over 3,700 upvotes in one day.
On Instagram, the trend became the subject of memes and was used as comment spam (examples below).
The trend was covered by several news outlets, including Independent, PinkNews, Heavy and Paper.
 Twitter – @mioog's Tweet
 Twitter – @mioog's Tweet
 Twitter – @rossleonardy's Tweet
 Twitter – @holden_a_fork's Tweet
 Twitter – @MigosTrash's Tweet
 Reddit – goodbagels' Comment
 Reddit – 🏳️🌈⃠ – For anyone looking for this emoji here it is
 Independent – ANTI-LGBT EMOJI SPARKS OUTRAGE ON TWITTER
 PinkNews – People are mad at Apple about this new anti-LGBT emoji
 Heavy – Pride Flag Emoji Appears to Be Homophobic
 Paper – WTF Is This 'No Homo' Emoji?
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