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Google Is Not Playing Around With Its Olympic Games Doodle


Google’s letting everybody know where they stand on the Sochi Olympics, with a rainbow Winter Olympics doodle that links, not to Olympic coverage, but to a search for the Olympic Charter itself. The Charter’s statement on equality in sports also appears below the search bar.

(via SportsGrid.)

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  • http://pontoonification.blogspot.com/ AverageDrafter

    Yeah, I saw that yesterday, and was like “BooM!”

    I immediately checked google.ru – sure enough it was the same.

    Google made a serious mike drop on that one. Good on ya.

  • Anonymous

    SMH cause I keep forgetting the internet is full of G-D morons. The rainbow is not a “gay icon,” whatever that means, but rather a symbol of diversity and inclusiveness. And that’s what Google is trying to say. That, and it’s especially fun now to take shots at Russia and Putin’s anti-gay bullshit.

    Wait, I’ll say bullshit but NOT G-D? Okay…

  • ampersands

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_flag_(LGBT_movement)

    If you think that the use of the rainbow in combination with the quote from the Olympic Charter doesn’t in any way imply that Google throwing shade at Russia, then I don’t think you should be questioning the intelligence of those reporting.

  • Atua

    google.ng is deprived of the quote. I was surprised we got the rainbow, as usually the just skip giving Nigeria a doodle if they think it will be offensive here. So knowing Russia got it cheers me a little but makes it more boo Russia than boo anti-gay

  • Jivein

    I’m not sure I want to live in a world where Google gets to pretend to be a moral authority

  • Anonymous

    I may have accidentally “outed” myself as a gay rights supporter to my job by praising the Google Doodle on Facebook last night (conservative office, bleah). Oh well. Good job Google!

  • Anonymous

    I guess all the millions in the LGBQT movement are just a bunch of gorram morons, then. Speaking of bullshit…

  • Anonymous

    Think of it like this: If even GOOGLE is taking the proper moral stance about something, you know it’s gotta be bad. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Are you seriously throwing Wikipedia in my face in an attempt to get my “facts straight”? Very much appreciated. Also very much aware of the Rainbow flag, but was I referring to that? No! LGBTQA community created the flag for the same symbol of diversity and inclusiveness I referred to earlier. Why don’t you get YOUR facts straight and look at the big picture. That flag symbolizes the acceptance of diversity for ALL mankind, not just one subculture or group. So who’s the narrow-minded one? Cause it certainly as he’ll ain’t me.

  • Anonymous

    Are you seriously throwing Wikipedia in my face in an attempt to get my “facts straight”? Very much appreciated. Also very much aware of the Rainbow flag, but was I referring to that? No! LGBTQA community created the flag for the same symbol of diversity and inclusiveness I referred to earlier. Why don’t you get YOUR facts straight and look at the big picture. That flag symbolizes the acceptance of diversity for ALL mankind, not just one subculture or group. So who’s the narrow-minded one? Cause it certainly as he’ll ain’t me.

  • ampersands

    Your argument goes something like this: the rainbow is not a gay icon because the LGBTQA community created it as a symbol of diversity and inclusiveness. So the gay community created a symbol of inclusiveness, and that’s somehow not about the inclusion of gay people in society? Interesting. And then Google goes on to use the gay pride flag in combination with the Olympic Charter quote just for a similar “inclusiveness,” but this somehow is about abstract ideals that have nothing to do with the minority being persecuted in Russia?

    What do you think inclusiveness means?

  • Jordan Ruttle

    I don’t really know what you’re trying to say.

    Google is a company of people, those people have a powerful platform that they chose to use to draw attention to a human rights issue in Russia. Why wouldn’t you want to live in a world where companies try to use their power/reach for positive change? =/

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, speaking of bulllshit. Don’t accuse me of attacking the LGBTQ community.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    I’m sorry, I’m not sure I understand your argument. Why exactly are those on the internet morons? Because they assume the google doodle is in support of LGBT folks at the Olympics? You think it’s just a general nod to diversity? Maybe I’m just one of the morons you mentioned but I honestly don’t know what point you’re trying to make.

  • Anonymous

    When did I ever bring up the Rainbow flag? In fact, when did Google? The rainbow, in and of itself, is much more than one group’s icon. With Google’s image in combination with the Olympic Charter, that speaks volumes more than a “take that” to Russia’s recent anti-gay laws. There are other symbols that Google could have used, such as the triangle. But Google instead decided to use rainbow visuals as a reminder of the diversity and inclusiveness of ALL participants of the Games: gender, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t making a point. I was sick of all the bellyaching I was hearing about Google attacking Russia. They weren’t doing that, per se, but the message was loud and clear. Then I was accused of being an idiot for not recognizing the Rainbow flag. That image on Google means so much more.

  • Silvermoonlight

    For any one who has no idea how badly gays and lesbians and those in support gay rights are being treated in Russia please watch the Channel 4 program Dispatches Hunted on the 4oD. This needs to stop as its immoral, cruel and homophobic and on a level that is really stomach turning. These people deserve equal rights and not be beaten up or treated like animals.

  • Anonymous

    I saw that Olympics rainbow logo and had to smile. Great idea :)