If you used Google on Sunday, March 31, 2013, you may have noticed the above Google Doodle, a type of drawing Google uses frequently to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or historically relevant days. On any other day, the above doodle celebrating the birthday of American labor rights activist Cesar Chavez, who would have been 86 today, may have gone unnoticed.
However, for millions of people, that date celebrates something else: Easter Sunday. Several conservatives and Christians alike took issue with Google’s decision to honor the rights icon over their holiday:
Google is celebrating Easter with Cesar Chavez. I'm celebrating Easter with Bing.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 31, 2013
Among those outraged is also a faction who believe the labor rights activist whose work was rooted in Christian ethics, is the same as Hugo Chavez, the deceased and highly controversial Venezuelan president:
Michelle Malkin's website Twitchy confused Cesar Chavez for Hugo Chavez on the Google homepage. http://t.co/gtWD4hmlkC— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) March 31, 2013
"Cesar Chavez, Hugo Chavez. They're both trying to empower poor, brown people," he said, taking a break from rebranding the Republican Party— SoccerWatcherKnight1 (@samknight1) March 31, 2013
Wait, people are actually seriously confusing the Google doodle with Hugo Chavez?! Officially can't tell what's ironical anymore.— john. ┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ) (@genehack) March 31, 2013
Google’s official doodle policy states that “The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google’s personality and love for innovation.”
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