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Google Doodle Becomes 'Gay Propaganda' for Sochi


Google's Doodle has gone rainbow in an apparent response to the Sochi Games and Russia's law banning 'gay propaganda'.

A quote from the Olympic Charter sits below the doodle: "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."

Clicking on the doodle takes you to a search for the Olympic Charter.

Well played.

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  1. Heheh, I'm seeing this all over my Facebook feed right now (after I posted it, once alerted by my Twitter feed). Good going, Google!

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 6, 2014 7:37:15 PM

  2. Arrest the Google!

    Posted by: bollox | Feb 6, 2014 7:40:27 PM

  3. Well played if you agree with Russophobia. You know, that same Russia that saved women and children from US air strikes in Syria, through an appeal to diplomatic means of resolving issues. That same Russia that provided asylum to Edward Snowden the whistleblower who revealed widespread US surveillance on domestic and international persons. That same Russia, lest we forget, who has twice bled heavily and saved Europe from the monsters it has created in the form of Napoleon and Adolf Hitler.

    Yes.. that Russia, the Russia whose laws are no less misguided than US laws, but who it is chic to bash upon in a modern day update upon red scare journalism

    Posted by: well player? | Feb 6, 2014 7:43:36 PM

  4. @well player?

    The good things you say about Russia are certainly true, but they don't excuse the homophobia. And while I agree that some people love to hate Russia, it has nothing to do with Google - the company simply posted a harmless and appropriate picture that doesn't even explicitly call out Russia.

    Posted by: Eugene | Feb 6, 2014 7:55:28 PM

  5. Get out of here you right wing troll!!!

    Posted by: litper | Feb 6, 2014 7:56:01 PM

  6. Well Player? need to smoke a bowl . . . or three.

    (Your argument, Well Player?, is that Mother Russia is beyond reproach, despite your little figleaf. That line of "reason". . . Doesn't. f*cking. fly.)

    Posted by: ghostwhitehorse | Feb 6, 2014 7:57:00 PM

  7. The above comment is as idiotic as it is reprehensible.

    Russia's military and diplomatic support for the Assad dictatorship is prolonging a civil war in which the regime has killed tens of thousands of its own people, including thousands of children.

    Russia just blocked a humanitarian assistance resolution in the UN Security Council. Simply indefensible.

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 6, 2014 7:59:14 PM

  8. Another wake up for you easy to please gays - Google is part of ALEC - the extreme right wing forum that develops policies for the extreme right of the Republican Party. Google finances this group along with a few other multinational companies. ALEC's policies include many anti gay ones.

    Google is NOT our friend. Google finances our opposition. Do not get sucked in just because they display a multi colored logo.

    Remember gays - don't get distracted by the sparkly things. ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Feb 6, 2014 8:03:46 PM

  9. go here to see it in Russian:

    Posted by: palerobber | Feb 6, 2014 8:05:27 PM

  10. @well player There have been no U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

    Posted by: John | Feb 6, 2014 8:06:29 PM

  11. [Well Player?]

    Now Honey... you've just OFFICIALLY been SLAIN, OOOooKAAAAYYYYYY?


    Posted by: DreamTone | Feb 6, 2014 8:26:06 PM

  12. @John That's exactly his point.

    Posted by: Eugene | Feb 6, 2014 8:26:28 PM

  13. icebloo must be the nuttiest regular here.

    Posted by: AG | Feb 6, 2014 8:27:24 PM


    Posted by: litper | Feb 6, 2014 8:39:42 PM

  15. Ignoring the usual insane commenters, this is awesome. The image is being shown globally including in Russia, including in African countries...everywhere. That's billions of people seeing a rainbow doodle on their search engines, on the web. That's a big deal. A global stand in support of equality like this doesn't come around often so it's something to celebrate. Rock on Google!

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 6, 2014 8:49:25 PM

  16. Thumbs up foe gay rights but thumbs down for Scroogle!

    Posted by: Bernard | Feb 6, 2014 9:18:46 PM

  17. Thank you Google for doing this! The timing is very good. I hope Francis is right and huge sums of people see and understand what this means. I also hope all those 'hunters' that go on 'safari' see this too.

    Posted by: SageGreen | Feb 6, 2014 9:21:33 PM

  18. Bravo, Google! The truth is out there...

    Posted by: DamFine | Feb 6, 2014 9:35:32 PM

  19. Well, to play devil's advocate for a moment, does anyone in the world still see a Google Doodle? I know here in the U.S., there's a search bar on every screen everywhere, and you pretty much have to specifically search out the Google Doodle if you want to see it.

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 6, 2014 9:55:25 PM

  20. @ Z-Lick I always search from an engine's homepage; I never use the search bar on my screen.

    Posted by: HowDoILook | Feb 6, 2014 10:07:57 PM

  21. Zlick has a point. I never use a search engine's page (or indeed, any database's page) I add a search to my search bar (perhaps using Mycroft Project or making my own). It makes things so much easier.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 6, 2014 10:50:52 PM

  22. Google is not our friend and the Russian people are not our enemy.

    however, today corporate America did a good thing and deserves praise.

    Posted by: miami | Feb 6, 2014 11:06:25 PM

  23. Double rainbow slap in the face! What does it mean?

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 6, 2014 11:28:03 PM

  24. A miniature version of the doodle shows up on ALL Google pages, so it's really not relevant if you go to Google's homepage or not.

    Posted by: JMC | Feb 6, 2014 11:30:39 PM

  25. Google is part of ALEC - this is a link that explains what ALEC is and how it works.

    I know most of you won't take the time to read it so let me make it clear to you - ALEC hates gays and develops anti-gay policies for the Republican party.

    Gay rights are so far behind in the U.S. because gays here are stupid. EDUCATE YOURSELVES ! Google is our enemy, it is certainly not our friend.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Feb 7, 2014 12:22:48 AM

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