Don’t use emojis if you ever find yourself texting Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe. He recently went on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight and explained why emojis bother the f**k out of him. He thinks their constant use could lead to the deterioration of vital communication skills.
“It’s nothing to get angry about, but it’s unnerving,” Rowe told host Tucker Carlson. “What is next? Just grunts? Interpretive dance?”
He went on, “Grown people are now communicating with texts that say, ‘You are great,’ but ‘great’ is ‘gr8.’ I mean, it’s like we’re all hooked on phonics again with now the little emoji things combined.”
Using the smileys, middle finger or little poop pictures on our phones isn’t just a pet-peeve to him. He’s theorized that they’re actually screwing up the youth. He thinks that the growth of emojis is a contributing factor in the decline of what he calls “soft skills” among young job candidates. We can’t lie, we totally see his point.
“They’re not using their words to a degree that’s making people excited about hiring them, and that ultimately is why the emoji’s gotta go,” he told Carlson. “People just don’t know how to interview, they don’t know what to say.”
“I think this general assault on the conventional norms of work… has kind of bled over into a kind of assault on the lexicon,” Rowe added. “I don’t know if it’s a harbinger of the end of days, but it is troubling.”
This isn’t the only recent pop culture craziness Rowe’s publicly talked about. He had a few choice words when it came to those pre-dirty expensive, Nordstrom jeans a few weeks ago, too. “The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans” aren’t pants,” Rowe said on Facebook. “They’re not even fashion. They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic—not iconic.”
Someone get this guy to run for President!
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