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Olympic Google Doodle takes aim at Russian antigay law

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.

32 Responses to “Olympic Google Doodle takes aim at Russian antigay law”

  1. Fundamental Principles of Olympism

    4.The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of
    practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which
    requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

  2. “People starving on the streets but lets make a big deal out of gay people”, so abduction, torture and murder of innocent people is perfectly ok, no big deal? I bet you said the same thing about Jewish people under Hitler’s rule? No big deal? Are you actually human?

  3. Jerry Van Dyke

    Brought to you by the same people that pass our personal data to the security state, in association with the same media that uncritically present to us the establishment narrative for the necessity of the next “humanitarian” intervention (hundred’s of thousands mass-murdered in Iraq alone).

    A few points –
    – There is no “anti-gay” legislation in Russia.
    – I am waiting for google’s criticism of our close ally Saudi Arabia. Women are slaves, no religious freedom, worldwide sponsor of terrorism.

    Googles doodle: establishment propaganda, purely because Russia is a geopolitical rival. Very “edgy” google – glad to see you are keeping it fresh.

  4. Nicholas Finn

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Steven Copan


    “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.”

  7. 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