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Now Spaniards can show their love of paella with new emoji

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Now Spaniards can show their love of paella with new emoji
Photo: emojipedia.org
09:41 CET+01:00
For a long time Spaniards have wanted nothing more than an emoji in the shape of Spain's national dish and now their wishes have been granted.

The new paella emoji will join a host of new emoticons including 'facepalm', a bat and a John Travolta-esque dancing man.

The news is being greeted with excitement in Spain, where, since early 2015 a group of Spaniards have been campaigning for an emoji of the rice-based dish.

But of all the foods to choose, why does paella need an emoji?

"Why not?!” Eugeni Alemany, a comedian who spearheaded the campaign told The Local at the time "You have the chicken leg and the shrimp tail; who the fuck sends the shrimp tail!?

"Paella is a dish that means harmony and friendship," he added. 

Alemany led a social media campaign calling on Spaniards to use the hashtag #paellaemoji to put pressure on Silicon Valley in the United States to introduce the food-based emoji.

The Emojipedia announced that Unicode - the company in charge of making emojis -  would be introducing 74 new emojis including everything from a baguette, a croissant and an avocado to a cowboy, a shopping trolly and shotgun. 

They will be introduced in mid-2016 along with the latest iOS update for iPhones. 

But one aspect of the emoji is disappointing paella purists - the design. Paella rice brand La Fallera tweeted: 

 

 

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