‘Conan’: Maia Mitchell Lobbies For Emoji Diversity

"There is a racial imbalance"

Maia Mitchell On 'Conan'

Everyone has a cause.

Maia Mitchell — star of THE FOSTERS — hopes to use her celebrity to bring about emoji diversity.

“There is a racial imbalance” among the smiley faces we all use in our texts and emails, she claimed during chat with Conan O’Brien.

“Look…at all those white people!”


CONAN: I’m fascinated by you — you are a proud Australian. You are proud of coming from Australia?

MM: Well, yeah — [Laughter]

CONAN: I’m terribly embarrassed Australian.

MM: I’m really not patriotic at all. I have no connection to the homeland except when it comes to — you know emojis — all of — there are a lot of flags and then right next to the flags there’s is huge blank space and then Australia’s. Look at that.

CONAN: So there’s no Australian flag emoji. How hard would it be to make an Australian flag emoji?

MM: I don’t think it would be that hard. On the topic of that. There are also a lot of white people emojis.

CONAN: Yes, I’ve been thinking about other things — is there a racial imbalance.

MM: Actually I brought another one. Look all — at all those white people.

CONAN: That’s it? Is there any diversity?

MM: Yeah, there are.

CONAN: OK. We’ve got to get on that.

MM: I have a Chinese one on my phone.

CONAN airs weeknights at 11:00 PM on TBS.

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