Google’s Olympic Doodle Illustrates Russian LGBT Rights Controversy
The Sochi Winter Olympics continues to be controversial, as Google seemed to stand a not-so-subtle protest. With the influx of international athletes and high media attention, the LGBT repressive nature of the Russian government has become a source of great debate. The Russian government went so far as to ban “gay propaganda,” and President Putin implied that as long as the children were left alone, gays were welcome. Sponsors of the events, such as AT&T, have begun to make comments illustrating their displeasure with the current state of things and Google was one not to remain silent.
With the start of the games, Google updated their iconic search engine with a display of various athletes spread across a rainbow banner and the Olympic charter underneath. The charter itself, explains how practice in sports is a human right and anybody should be able to participate without discrimination. The Olympic spirit “requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” This Doodle was presented on all international sites, and made an impact on everyone who saw it.
The Olympic Games have always meant more than just who’s the best of the best athletes. It’s one of the few times when the entire globe is all united and participating in something together. It’s been a stage for people to break records, to break stereotypes and to break through obstacles that the common person sees every day. The 2014 Winter Games aren’t even over, but it’s legacy is already clear.