Google is protesting gay discrimination at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia with a provocative gay rights rainbow doodle.
Go to Google.com to see it, okay, no really, don’t go. We have it posted above. The doodle depicts a variety of winter games sports such as skiing, hockey and snowboarding with the rainbow flag colors in the background.
Perhaps what is even more provocative is what is under it. A quote from the Olympic charter with a list of fundamental principles, rules and by-laws of what the Olympics should be all about.
It is a clear shot at Russia and its anti-gay stance. The quote says “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.”
Of course, social media is buzzing as this story is trending.
Danny Sullivan saying on Facebook “Google’s making it clear that it stands against Russia’s law against gay “propaganda” with a logo and quote that cites the Olympic Charter’s non-discrimination clause. Nice.”
Daniel Raion-Barnes posts “Googletastic – go Google, impressed!!!”
Chris Cathcart said on Facebook, “Google are a big advocate of the LBGT movement. We have groups of Gay Googlers in each office that call themselves the Gayglers! They are all amazing!”
Not everyone however was backing Google’s stance.
Stephanie Souther Johnson posted this on Facebook, “I care more about how badly they treated the people, environment and the slum they are making the Olympians stay in. There should be a bigger stir over that than how they feel on gays. Do people even care that they forced people to work without pay then deported them? That’s as bad as slavery.”
Allissia Clark on Facebook said, “Russia law for Russians….It isn’t Russia law for everybody around the globe to skew or change. Russia has the right to their own laws. Leave them alone! When you go to a different country, abide by their laws, not by your own…. Why is the world upset by it just as the Olympics are coming? Russia said that gays can participate. Why isn’t that enough? I’m pretty sure if the Olympics was in some fundamentalist Islamic country, you’d be saying ‘Russia isn’t actually that bad.’ I’m alright with gays being gay….but you don’t have to throw it around in everyone’s face.”