Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Google stands by Harriet Tubman Google Doodle, says backlash did not affect duration of tribute

Some are saying that Google took down its Feb. 1 tribute Google Doodle to Harriet Tubman over a backlash over their depiction of her. However, sources speaking to TMZ on Tuesday denied that, saying that it was up for the normal length of time, 24 hours.

Why would the celebrity website get into an argument over Harriet Tubman and one of Google's Doodles? It's because Nick Cannon (yes, Mr. Mariah Carey) railed at the Internet giant for depicting a Tubman wearing a scarf in her hair, which is now popularly known as a do-rag.

Cannon's Instagram message said:
Really Google??? This is the way we are kicking off Black History Month. #UndergroundSearchEngine #WhoApprovedThis #WhySheRockingALouieVscarf #AmIJustBeingSensitive #FeelingSomeTypeOfWay #RacistMuch
However, while Cannon apparently felt the depiction was a racist one, a quick look at Wikipedia's image for Tubman in her article shows her -- wearing a scarf in her hair. It's actually not an uncommon depiction of her, TMZ acknowledged, as well.

Google sources told TMZ that the stood by the Tubman Doodle. They insisted that they did not take down the Doodle any earlier than normal, despite the moderate backlash generated, at least in part, by Cannon's Instagram post.

A notably unscientific survey taken at the website showed that (at the time of this writing, with 46,792 votes taken) 98 percent believe the Doodle was in no way racist.

For those unaware, Tubman was an escaped slave who subsequently participated in over nineteen missions to rescue more than 300 slaves using the network known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-Civil war era fought for women's suffrage.

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