Feb 14, 2017
What does this purple bird mean?
Trash Dove, a Facebook sticker which has bowled over social media in Asia, is the cartoon baby of American artist Syd Weiler. The Florida-based illustrator drew the bird in September 2016 and subsequently created a set of Facebook stickers in January 2017. Trash Dove appeared in various guises that people could use as emojis, the most popular one showing the bird vigorously thrashing its head up and down. There is a petition to ban the bird from the internet by those fed up with seeing its purple bobbing head. But what does it actually mean? Well, who knows? Perhaps its ambiguity is one of the reasons it is so popular. The purple bird is bobbing its way around the world to a Facebook page near you.
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