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Google doodle

One day before the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Google changed its front page in both Russia and the U.S. to what looks like a very public protest in doodle form. The rainbow-themed image of athletes pictured below includes a quote from section 6 of the Olympic charter, which advocates against discrimination in any form. Russian law limits free speech from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. While some Olympic sponsors have issued statements condemning the law, it’s not surprising that Google went to its doodle to make a not-so-subtle point.

  1. Aaron Jimmy James Berger Thursday, February 6, 2014

    That’s nonsense. I think you’re totally making that up.

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    1. No this makes a lot of sense. I’m sure it was completely intentional of google to make that doodle the way they did.

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  2. It’s changed here in UK, too.

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  3. Sammy Davis Jr. Thursday, February 6, 2014

    Yeah. I’m pretty sure this is a hoax.

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    1. it’s real

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    2. Why is everything on the internet a “Hoax”? Type in “www.google.com” and see for yourself you tool.

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  4. Funny how the games are always used to attack host nations ,the olympic ceasefire doesn’t really work when it comes to propaganda. (China was under heavy fire before the earthquake too).
    This time around everybody seem to be stuck on a media hyped issue when Russia has plenty of bigger problems that impact the entire population.If you are going to attack something,you might as well go after Putin and his dictatorship. Guess gay rights are a better marketing play, that’s what it is after all.

    PS: this pro tolerance ad is rather funny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4CEaoNADiY

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    1. Yes because denying 10% of their population the chance to love is not ham right violation. How are you such a sad bigot that you think denying a million or 1 person the right to love

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      1. More like 3%

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      2. More like 3%

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    2. Well i guess “Putin and his dictatorship” are not about civil rights…genius

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    3. Nice try. It’s Putin scapegoating gays in the face of political opposition to his dictatorship. A century ago, it was Jews, and in 50 years it will be someone else. Whatever minority he can pretend is the real root of the moral and institutional decay that is Russia, and as an added bonus, throw a bone to the corrupt Orthodox church. Bullies like him need someone to push around. Pushing back is all you can do.

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  5. Their Country their rules get over it.

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    1. Right.
      Why us and EU want everybody around live the same way as they do?
      Muslims don’t drink whiskey, Koreans eat dogs, Russians dont like to have sex to wrong holes.
      Just forgive and forget. And watch Olympics,
      Or don’t watch.
      Who cares?

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      1. They shouldn’t be hosting the Olympics then.

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        1. Irina Mosbacher Friday, February 7, 2014

          why? have the Olimpics something to do with gay?

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  6. Feedback:

    “I find it interesting that you’re displaying the gay pride colors on the Canadian google, but not he US google (.com, or .us which redirects to .com). Fucking cowards. If you’re going to stand up for an issue, stand up totally, not partially. As if Canada/US don’t share the same time zones. And I’m sure it probably has nothing to do that Canada is much more open to gay rights than US.

    Good job marketing. You targeted just the right audiences.”

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  7. The message becomes even more clear on search results.

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  8. The curling element is hilarious.

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  9. It’s on Australian Google too, nice. “Their country, their rules, get over it” – how short sighted is that? If we don’t all stand up for equal human rights, than rulers like Putin will do exactly what they are doing and persecute/silence people for orientation/religion/race/etc…

    I can only assume the person that left that comment has not lived enough years on earth to realise how important the well being of your fellow human beings are, please grow up.

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  10. Well, it has been said many times that Russia does not have any anti-gay laws. The law that is supposed to be anti-gay prohibits gay propaganda among minors under 14. In reality it is a ban on gays coming to school and calling on school children to going the gay community. The gays enjoy much more freedom in Russia than in many other countries of the world. The entire campaign looks like bogus propaganda.

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    1. You’re an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Use google before you make statements that are easily proven false.

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