Now Spaniards can show their love of paella with new emoji

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.

Now Spaniards can show their love of paella with new emoji

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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