It’s World Emoji Day, which means it’s time to celebrate the tiny images that make our world go round.
While my personal petition for a ranch dressing bottle emoji still continues, there are more than enough of the pictographic symbols to communicate a wide range of emotions for our current day and age.
Happy? There’s an emoji for that 😎.
Sad? There’s an emoji for that 😭.
Dancing boys in bunny ears? Of course there’s an emoji for that 👯♂️.
How else am I able to communicate that I am gay and from the Prairies if not by putting (🌾🌈) in my Twitter bio? We use emojis to flirt (😉🍆🍑), to pray (🙏) and even to tell our friends when their selfies are fire (🔥). It’s become its own language — a new way of communicating that is neither words nor text. It’s just emotions.
To celebrate a momentous day like this, here are some of the biggest stories of 2019, as told through emoji.
Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning shot
It was the shot heard round the world. It was Game 7 of the Toronto Raptors’ playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers with no time left on the clock. Leonard rushes around the corner, leaps, releases the ball — and after four painstaking bounces the rest was history. It was that moment that we really started to believe the Raptors could do this — and they did.
The final season of ‘Game of Thrones’
The finale season of HBO’s fantasy television show was as divisive as it was world-ensnaring. There were highs, there were lows, and there were a lot of angry people calling for a complete rewrite. There was also a lot of dragon fire burning cities down.
It’s the second-highest grossing movie of all-time (and coming for you ‘Avatar’) and prompted theatre sell-outs, memes and plenty of tears. If you were able to sit through the whole nearly three-hour run-time, you witnessed the end of an era. Also a lot of explosions.
The 2019 Alberta election
Alberta’s 2019 election was messy, divisive and ultimately saw Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party unseat Rachel Notley’s one-term New Democratic Party government. Other party leaders were there — Stephen Mandel of the Alberta Party and the Liberal’s David Khan — but this was the Kenney v. Notley show from the start. And Kenney drove his bright blue pick-up truck straight to a majority conservative government.
The 2019 Women’s World Cup
🥅 ⚽️💨 🏃🏽♀️
The world was enamoured last month as the best and brightest in women’s soccer gathered in France to compete for global domination. The United States women’s national team steamrolled the tournament, drank a lot of champagne and brought forward important conversations around equal pay. Oh yeah, and co-captain Megan Rapinoe said she wasn’t going to a certain “f**king” house.
The SNC-Lavalin scandal
Reporting from the Globe and Mail in February revealed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pressured then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in a corruption and fraud case against engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. There was a lot of back and forth, and while it seemed to end with Wilson-Raybould and fellow cabinet minister Jane Philpott quitting the Liberals to run as independents, the full repercussions of the scandal won’t be fully felt until this fall’s federal election.
The Mueller Report
Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian collusion in the 2016 United States election ended with less-than-clear results, and by less-than-clear results we mean a report that was heavily redacted and blacked out, prompting a wave of high quality memes.
Storm Area 51:
👽👽👽⛓ 🌵 🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂🏃🏽♀️🏃🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂🏃🏽♀️🏃
👽🛸👽⛓ 🏃🏻♂️💨 🏃🏻♂🏃🏽♀️🏃🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂🏃🏽♀️🏃🏃🏻♂️
👽👽👽⛓ 🌵 🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂🏃🏽♀️🏃🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂🏃🏽♀️🏃
Apparently there are plans to storm Area 51 — a site operated by the United States government rumoured to house evidence of the existence of aliens. More than half a million Facebook users have signed up to besiege the Nevada site to “see them aliens” during an event in September. Will they actually? Better wait to find out.
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