Olympic Google Doodle

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This morning, just as I was about to take the boys to school I got a tweet from @seyonce_knowles asking me my opinion on Google’s new doodle. Huh? What doodle? Were my immediate thoughts but I said I’d check them out and let her know, she also mentioned it may be a great discussion topic over on the blog and I think she’s right. 

Today Google’s doodle is this:



If you haven’t heard Russia is hosting the Winter Olympic Games this year and they open today, the Opening Ceremony is due to take place at 4pm. Russia also has some anti-gay laws that are actually quite shocking, especially when you find out that homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness in 1999. There’s two things about that that make my head spin - 1. It was declassified in 1999 - doesn’t that seem like only yesterday? (or does that just make me sound old) and 2. It was classified as a mental illness in the first place. I mean really?

These laws have made the headlines around the world and today Google have made a stand with their logo. As you can see it shows people playing different kinds of sports with the rainbow colours in the background, a nod to the row of gay rights in Russia. I think this is a fantastic and elegant way of showing their support and as you can see in the picture they have also quoted the Olympic Charter. The quote says:

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

In this day and age I didn’t think it was still possible for people to face such discrimination but it turns out that I am very wrong. Things are bad in Russia, not all people are considered equal and I, for one, disagree with that. No one should feel they must change their sexual preferences because they would like to get a job or live in a particular place. But Russia is not the only place where people have these views and unfortunately even in this country gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people face discrimination every day. People get beat up, called names or simply get ‘that look’.

As far as I am concerned we are all equal, regardless of sexual preferences, disabilities or opinions and we are all entitled to live our life without fear of discrimination. 

Good-on-ya Google, great logo!

Do you have an opinion on the row in Russia? 


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8 comments:

  1. I completely agree with you. I was up late the other night trying to add a new page to my blog (i'm new and things take me ages!). I had the tv on for background noise and there was a dispatches program called Hunted. It was appalling the way people were being treated, I felt sick yet couldn't turn off the tv. I feel as a nation we should boycott going to the games just to highlight how cruel the vigilante gangs are and that every human being deserves the right to be treated with respect despite their gender, colour, beliefs or sexual orientation. x

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    1. Thank you. I think it's despicable that people get attacked or treated badly just because someone considers them 'different'. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. x

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  2. Totally agree with what you've said here. I thought that the quoting of the Olympic charter was somewhat ironic given the sorts of comments about whether gays and lesbians would be welcome at the games that have emerged from the hosts.

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    1. I know what you mean. In this day and age you would think that this kind of discrimination didn't exist, sadly there are still lots of people out there that think it's okay to treat people differently because they don't conform.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate it.

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  3. Loving the Google logo and yes, I think we should all have the right to live without fear of discrimination no matter what our orientation. #PoCoLo

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    1. Thank you Izzie and exactly. Thanks for stopping by xx

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  4. I saw the logo and knew about Russia's opinions but hadn't seen that piece underneath the logo. Brilliant! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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