Google makes controversial doodle

People protested Vladimir Putin’s law regarding gay propaganda. There are seven professed representatives from the gay community taking part in the 2014 Sochi, Russia Olympic Games. People believe it is a human right to be an athlete. Photo courtesy: MCT Photo.
People protested Vladimir Putin’s law regarding gay propaganda. There are seven professed representatives from the gay community taking part in the 2014 Sochi, Russia Olympic Games. People believe it is a human right to be an athlete. Photo courtesy of MCT Photo.

Google is just a search engine to answer my questions right? Wrong. Google has now created a controversial doodle regarding the 2014 Olympic games being held in Russia.

On Feb. 7, Google released a temporary design for their search engine site that includes drawings of Olympic events encased in rainbow colors.

The rainbow colors are supposed to make a reference to the homosexuality laws Vladimir Putin has established in Russia.

“It is awful that Putin is punishing people for promoting what they truly believe in,” said David Greenberger, 9.

Underneath the doodle of the Olympic events it reads, “The practice of sport is a human right.” The quote comes directly from the Olympic charter for the Sochi games that are being held in Russia.

To view the controversial doodle click here.

“I do not think it is fair that people are prosecuted just because of their sexual orientation, its is just wrong,” said Tyler Miller, 10.

Russia recently instituted a law prohibiting gay propaganda; this made many people feel uncomfortable with Russia hosting the Olympics this winter in Sochi.

“Russia has such a large population, so I think the fact that Russia has put these laws in place is going to have an even bigger effect then it would if the laws were instituted in a smaller country,” said JiHo Choi, 9.

Vladimir Putin has let the Olympic athletes know that they are welcome in Sochi as long as they, “leave the kids alone.”

Acknowledged gay Olympians in Russia include:

  • Sanne van Kerkhof
  • Cheryl Maas
  • Barbara Jezersek
  • Anastasia Bucsis
  • Belle Brockoff
  • Daniela Irasschka-Stolz