Google Earns Ridiculous Backlash for Not Showing Eggs or Jesus on Easter

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Chavez doodleI was too busy hosting brunch and raiding my kids' Easter baskets to notice what yesterday's Google doodle was, but apparently it was INCREDIBLY controversial. The anti-religious leftists in Mountain View had the gall to not only choose a doodle that had nothing to do with colorful eggs, chocolate bunnies, or Jesus H. Christ himself -- they honored a big old lefty instead by celebrating would have been the 86th birthday of Latino civil rights leader Cesar Chávez.

Clearly this was a political statement from those sneaky liberals. Why else celebrate the lesser-known birthday of a progressive icon when they could be reminding us all that it was EASTER?

Unless … unless they're a non-religious organization that isn't held to a Christian agenda and they're known for focusing on historical events that educate, rather than consistently pointing out something that everyone's already aware of?

Well, either way, plenty of folks were pissed at Google yesterday, blasting the "atheist" company for snubbing Jesus. Fox News pointed an accusatory finger at the lack of past Jesus-themed doodles:

Google defended the decision by saying it reserves the spot for historical figures and events, but a review of its past doodles shows it has never honored Jesus on Christmas or Easter, despite his historical and spiritual significance to billions around the world. (…) A search of Google's past doodles for phrases like "Jesus" produced zero results.

It's not clear why this is the year that Google suddenly became the bad guy for not showing eggs/Easter bunnies/Jesus, since they've only featured an Easter-themed doodle once before -- but it's possible that more than a few of the offended parties had Cesar Chávez confused with former President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez. Here's a sample tweet:

Google can't celebrate Easter but can celebrate a dictator's birthday?! #political #agenda

Heh. More like #history #URdoingitwrong.

A Google spokesperson responded to the controversy, saying,

We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it's difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site. Sometimes for a given date, we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven't in the past.

Personally, I think it's nuts that people got bent out of shape about yesterday's doodle. Google has long been known for their originality when picking doodle topics, and they're under no obligation to honor any event in a partiular way as a religious public service. As they say:

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

In other words: if you want Jesus, invoke Him yourself. Don't get pissed at a search engine for not marking a holiday the way you prefer. (Crazy unbelievable jaw-dropping fact: not everyone celebrates Easter.)

What do you think about the Google doodle backlash? Do you think they should have honored Easter in some way?

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lynds... lyndsey.akley

I think it is ridiculous that they didnt do a doodle of some sort to commemorate Easter.  I understand that they can't portray all religious holidays, but billions around the world celebrate this holiday (be it for religious or more commercial reasons) and while Chavez was important, it was a bad move on Google's part. 

Think of how the world would react if they didn't do anything for Christmas.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

They could choose to commemorate Chavez any day... it was poor planning on their part. They choose other holidays- if they are going to do that, they shouldn't pick and choose.

nonmember avatar krelia

It's always the "cool" thing to shit on Christianity.

Jennifer Gatti Whorton

It's ridiculous when Christians act offended when their religion is involved, but Heaven forbid Christians (the MAJORITY in America, regardless of what the libs say) acknowledge their traditions and holidays! The atheists may be offended! Sick world we live in.

nonmember avatar ChristinaM

I saw the doodle yesterday and I thought it was a great choice. As a devout Catholic Christian, I found other ways to celebrate Easter... without, y'know, putting all my eggs in a Google Doodle basket.

lovin... lovinallofthem

i was more offended at how NON Mexican they made their CC look :/  other wise, whatevs, GOOGLE, WHATevs

nonmember avatar Sharon

Google honored Chavez on Chavez' birthday. I guess, in order to make the Christians happy, they could honor Jesus, on Jesus' birthday. You know, in the Spring, when he was actually born, and not the pagan holiday (Dec 25) that Roman Christians decided to Christianize. Oh, wait. I bet that wouldn't be well received.

nonmember avatar common.sense

Why should they make a doodle for a holiday that christians stole from other beliefs/religions and pass off as their own. Google believes in science, not christianity lol or they wouldn't have all the advanced technology they do now. They don't just believe someone who is himself, his son and a ghost made everything. No they figure it out (as with the higgs boson) and make technology better and celebrate people that do that. They shouldn't be bitched at bc they didn't "honor" the greatest con artist that ever lived.

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