Motifs of the American flag have become a regular addition to Google’s artistic repertoire celebrating patriotic holidays but today’s Veterans Day doodle has sparked a measure of controversy.
In the past Google personified its doodle with red, white and blue letters but the addition of an Islamic crescent moon-looking “e” has all the Internet abuzz.
Tweets via Twitter have included a broad range of hostile opinions about ‘Old Glory’ appearing with the shadow of a stylized Islamic crescent moon–especially on Veterans Day. The Google doodle is definitely stirring up fears of fanning the flames of anti-Islamic sentiments in America. Was that what Google intended?
Reactions on Twitter have ranged from shock to disappointment at Google’s choice of doodle designs for Veterans Day.
LaughTech on Twitter enlarged the logo and set its caption as “Google says, ‘Happy Veterans Day, Islam'”.
AdrianTweeting makes a similar observation: “The Veterans Day Google logo kind of makes the “e” on the end look like a sinister Islamic crescent lurking behind the flag. Unfortunate.”
RL from Product-Reviews.net sums up the outrage perfectly, “An American flag covering a partial showing Islamic crescent moon…good job GOOGLE…way to do your part to further fan the flames of tension between the western world and the Islamic community. Lets see how you play dumb and spin this.”
Exactly. Way to go, Google. Give crazies such as Pamela Geller, Terry Jones and Tea Party patriots the fuel they need to wage an all-out slugfest of vitriol against Islam for ruining an American tradition. The Google doodle is distasteful at best, hateful at worst, for this Veterans Day.
Your Google doodle is supposed to enlighten and educate those who click on it, not cause a rift between two world powers.
In a civilized society we need to show respect. We show respect by opening the door for the elderly. We show respect by thanking a soldier for fighting for us. We show respect by saluting the flag when in uniform. We show respect by not desecrating someone’s sacred symbol.
Would Pamela Geller want Christians to build a church on the Wailing Wall? Would Terry Jones advocate atheists burning the Holy Bible? I don’t think so. Respect works both ways. We cannot earn by respect by acting disrespectful.
Google’s Veterans Day doodle needs to show the flag, and any possible representations of it, respectfully. In times of peace, flags of all countries fly at the same level. The same should be true of American and Islamic ideals. There is no reason why they two can peacefully coexist. We don’t live in Salem, Massachusettts in the 1650s. No more witch hunts.
I’m disappointed in Google’s doodle for this Veterans Day. Our president just left the world’s largest Islamic country when he visited Indonesia. He treated Islam with respect. Is this doodle the way we show the world we are civilized and respectful? No wonder Islamic extremists hate us.