Jennifer Love Hewitt Offers Bizarre Apology To Fans For Using An Emoji 'Wrong' All This Time
Jennifer Love Hewitt offered a mass apology to fans after a misunderstanding over the proper use of an emoji.
According to Yahoo News, the 9-1-1 actress was home scrolling through TikTok videos when she came across one that addressed the correct use of the folded hands emoji—which might be familiar if you're thinking of this icon: 🙏.
'9-1-1' Star Jennifer Love Hewitt Just Issued a Mass Apology on Instagram #NewsBreakhttps://t.co/rZE1B0f21a
— Tune B (@TuneB7) November 15, 2021
Hewitt, who is a mother of three, had apparently been using the emoji to convey prayer, all this time.
However, based on the unspecified TikTok video's explanation, the emoji is intended for a use that has nothing to do with faith.
The mortified actress took to Instagram Stories and came clean after learning the emoji, according to the TikToker, actually represents a celebratory occasion marked by two people high-fiving each other.
Well I'm 200 years old then. I didn't know they were not praying hands either! Wonders never cease to amaze me. Yahoo Lifestyle: '9-1-1' Star Jennifer Love Hewitt Issues a Mass Apology on Instagram.https://t.co/kOnNhKgp55
— un hijo de dios! (@kennethkwr4) November 15, 2021
"Guys, I can't even talk about what I've just recently learned," she said.
"I thought that the hands that are together in the emoji section of the phone, I thought those were prayer hands."
"I have, for a very long time, been sending those to people when I pray for them, when I pray for their family members or their situations, particularly during COVID."
"Praying, sending goodness, love, light."
"I did not know and so, this is a public apology to all the people that I have sent what I thought were praying hands to, to say I'm with you."
"I'm praying for you and your loved ones or your friends or your family or for all of us, sending goodness and all of that, and I have actually been high-fiving you the whole time."
"I'm so sorry. I'm 195 years old. I didn't know!"
You can watch her apology video, here.
At the conclusion of her video, Hewitt still had questions.
"Where are the praying hands? Are there praying hands? Because I would like to be able to go back to sending those."
She is not alone in her confusion, as many social media users also seemed to have misinterpreted the emoji.
I've been using them at praying hands too... https://t.co/prlpmk7Z7R
— Michelle Roy 🇨🇦 (@Ms_Michelle_Roy) November 15, 2021
Well, I agree with her. I have always used that emoji as praying hands. #justsaying 🙏https://t.co/pseZLRMqKd
— 𝚂𝚊𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚑𝚊🦃 (@ohsomagical_) November 15, 2021
Some assured her no apology was necessary.
🙏 when you type pray this emoji pops up
But Tiktok says it's two hands high giving each other@TheReal_Jlh didn't have to apologize. This is pray, not high five
'9-1-1' Star Jennifer Love Hewitt Issues a Mass Apology on Instagram https://t.co/gczGRgKPmX
— Mark (@MJW0220) November 15, 2021
@TheReal_Jlh not sure if you even get on twitter anymore but this emoji 🙏 when you search in the emoji search bar and type pray, it shows up. Also what are the odds of the two people supposedly giving high fives to be wearing the same damned shirt lol. You're good no worries 😉
— ItsMeGina🏳️🌈👽🍪💀 (@sottilegina2) November 11, 2021
'9-1-1' Star Jennifer Love Hewitt Issues a Mass Apology on Instagram https://t.co/zXQ0E8TUd8 FYI - Jst bcus u see a Tic-Toc..DSNT mean is tru, crrct.🙄😖Tht emoji means sev thngs inclding thnk u, pray, hope.. Many/ALL emoji state dif meanings on dif webste.
— iolie (@ipuiolie) November 15, 2021
@TheReal_Jlh you were right all along, apology not needed. pic.twitter.com/ljOhgJmTZN
— Nicola Thomas (@1NicolaThomas) November 15, 2021
Dictionary.com, addressed the confusion, arguing the folded hands emoji "represents an array of abstract and concrete concepts," and added some of these were positive, like "gratitude, spirituality, and hopefulness."
The website also added the emoji appears differently on certain devices.
On some devices, only the folded hands appear—which is interpreted as a high-five—while on other devices, "the entire upper half of a person is visible."
Because emojis can be interpreted in many different ways, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one to use accurately.
Thankfully, the emoji search bar is a handy tool.
When you type in "pray" or "prayer," the folded hands emoji does appear as it does when you also type in "high five."
You're all good, Jennifer!