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Google Doodle criticizes Russia’s anti-gay laws

Sterling Keys
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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.

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Google's version of a poltical jab. / © Google

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?

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  • CJ Brown 5 months ago Link

    Any political grandstanding would interrupt what the Olympics has always been about ... (ie I didn't see any political grandstanding when China hosted the Olympics - and they're just as guilty as Russia when it comes to human rights violations) ...


    I'm more annoyed by NBC's editing of their XXII Winter Olympics broadcasts in North America (ie cutting to commercials during important segments, not showing the whole ceremony and / or competition) ...


    I'm further annoyed by who are the Corporate Sponsors (ie BP = British Petroleum - who in their right mind would allow this Co to sponsor anything after the pollution disaster they left in the Ocean?) ....


    Having typed all of this? Yes, I support Human Rights (I just don't feel any Olympic Games / Olympic Ceremony is the place for any Social / Political Activism). If you don't support the Olympics? Then your Nation should not attend (ie such as when America boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics, then Russia boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics) ...


    I did notice that Sochi XXII Winter Olympics will be the 1st since 2000 not attended by a U.S. president, First Lady, or Vice President (and German President Joachim Gauck will not represent his Country - which makes him the 1st major European political figure to ever boycott the Winter Olympic games), In a way? Boycotting is taking place "figuratively" as relations with Russia become more strained (ie I may not agree with all of Russia's policies, but I love Russian people and their culture) - if Google truly wanted to make a statement? They would be offering a Google Doodle that supports Boycotting the Olympics (yet this will NEVER happen, because they would lose revenue and $ talks!) ...

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  • Kirk Desilva 5 months ago Link

    No it doesn’t at all. Has anyone ever looked at the colour of the rings used for the Olympics every single Olympics? But I guess every time you see a colour spectrum you must be looking at homosexual whatever huh? But I guess this little kid who put this crap story on the internet want to feel important and liked.

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