While we’re still waiting for our dreams of a Guy Fieri and seafood tower emoji to come true, at least there’s one piece of good news from the texting realm: The taco emoji is very close to becoming a reality.
Back in November, the Unicode Consortium—the body that governs the emoji universe—announced 37 new candidates for the Unicode 8.0 update, scheduled for mid-year. Thanks to a major Twitter campaign from Taco Bell, the taco has sprinted to the head of the pack, racking up more than 26,000 supporters on a Change.org petition launched by the fast-food brand.
To help spread the word, Taco Bell is selling a “Taco Emoji” t-shirt for $22.99 via tacoemojishirt.com.
While most fans are psyched, some are more interested in getting jokes off:
We’re fully supportive of the taco emoji, whose absence felt like an oversight from the beginning. Although when you look at what the Internet has done with the innocent eggplant, one has to wonder if the taco emoji will simply become shorthand for something disgusting.