The mean face, long noise goblin emoji historical reference is going viral on social media due to its unexpected sexual nature.
Pink News reported on why the history of the emoji is going viral.
A viral tweet has revealed to many that an emoji comes from a mask which was historically used during lesbian sex.
The Japanese Goblin emoji, which was added to the emoji library in 2015, comes from the tengu mask.
That’s right, the same mask used as a sex toy in this 17th-century portrayal of sapphic lovemaking.
It all stems from a Japanese historical reference that different social media accounts discovered and shared on their social media platforms.
As the wonderful Twitter account Whores of Yore explains, the picture is “a 17th-century shunga woodblock printing from Japan depicting two women having sex.
“One has tied a tengu mask around her waist, and penetrates her partner using its long nose.”
But it was another Twitter user who recognised the significance for 21st-century readers.
They wrote: “So it turns out this emoji ?is actually a Japanese strap-on.
Interesting, don’t you think? We would have never known the wiser if it wasn’t for those social media accounts bringing it to everyone’s attention.
Now that the information is out there and making its rounds throughout the web, we can only wonder if the lesbian sex goblin mask will stay as an emoji or disappear from the emoji catalog.
If the eggplant emoji ? (the emoji that has come to reference a man’s penis) is any indication it’s here to stay. But there are no guarantees because unlike the eggplant emoji, which only was turned into a penis reference, the goblin emoji actually has historical properties that confirm its sexual nature.
Only time will tell. All we can say is that we hope that conservative religious right doesn’t catch wind of the goblin emoji’s true symbolic meaning because an anti-goblin emoji campaign is sure to spring up.