It’s not every day that Google steps into the ring and starts to get political; however, with the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Google has released a subtle jab in the form of a doodle. If you’re wondering what a Google Doodle is, it’s the continuously changing image that incorporates the Google logo/colors and appears on the Google Search page.
The doodle shows athletes in playing a bunch of different sports that are all a part of the winter Olympics: hockey, skiing, bobsled, snowboard, curling, and ice skating. While the doodle by itself isn’t much of a statement, the message listed underneath along with the rainbow color makes the message clear. Underneath, Google has left in a quote from the Olympic charter that call for the practice of sport without discrimination:
"The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." Olympic Charter
This display comes in the wake of heavy anti-gay laws put into place by Russia ahead of the Olympic games and a public outcry from the world. Besides showing on both the US and Canadian version of the Google Search page, it is also available from the German and Russian pages as well.
So what do you think about this display? Should Google be getting their hands dirty with picking sides when it comes to political and social issues?