Google honored Cesar Chávez with a doodle Sunday on the 86th anniversary of his birthday, drawing nationwide attention to the Latino civil rights leader and sparking a backlash among those upset with the company for taking a pass on Easter.
. . . President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 as Cesar Chávez Day in 2011.
But the decision to honor Chávez infuriated many religious people and conservative publications who wondered by Google didn’t honor Easter instead. Conservative blog Twitchy blasted Google for featuring the image of Chávez and praised Bing for posting an image of Easter eggs.
~ Huffington Post
Google has commented on the online backlash its doodle has stoked in conservative quarters.
In a statement emailed to the Guardian, the internet giant acknowledged that there had been a "lot of angry user emails" but only a couple of press inquiries.
A spokeswoman said: "We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it's difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site. Sometimes for a given date we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven't in the past."
~ Guardian UK
Happy Easter to all.Hallelujah, He has risen!Very sad to see Google honoring Hugo Chavez today and not the Savior of all mankind.— Steve Doell (@HerrDoell) March 31, 2013
Hugo Chavez being honored on google today, I guess tomorrow it will be Jim Carrey!— Joseph DeFranco (@JoeDeFranco) March 31, 2013
César Chavez fought for the hard working, poor--people without a voice. I guess that makes him anti-Christian and we should all use Bing now— DC Debbie (@DCdebbie) March 31, 2013
Republicans' inability to tell the difference between Cesar Chavez and Hugo Chavez is really gonna help that Hispanic outreach program.— Bill Nagel (@billnagel) March 31, 2013
Listen up Tweeters: the Google Doodle is CESAR Chavez. NOT Hugo Chavez. Cesar was from Arizona / Hugo Chavez from Venezuela.— Samuel Burke (@samuelcnn) March 31, 2013
Right-wingers are boycotting Google, which is why they don't know the difference between Cesar Chavez and Hugo Chavez.— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) March 31, 2013
You might be an ignorant republican if you don't know the difference between Hugo Chavez and César Chavez @michellemalkin— DC Debbie (@DCdebbie) March 31, 2013
Is whining about Cesar Chavez Day part of Reince Preibus' outreach effort to Hispanic voters?— Kevin Moore (@kevinwmoore) March 31, 2013
Google Should Stick to Christianity, or at least, Pagan Easter Eggs
Google's 'Easter egg' today as 2B Christians celebrate their holiest day: Hugo Chavez. Bing.com has Ukrainian Easter eggs.— Cheri Mullins (@cherimullins) March 31, 2013
Google honors Cesar Chavez, who helped poor working folks. Bing honors eggs, which make a nice breakfast. Why is everybody mad?— Daniel Beerthuis (@DanielBeerthuis) March 31, 2013
I thought the Chavez-google thing was a hoax or an early April Fool's Day prank...are they just going to leave that up there all day?— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) March 31, 2013
Damn Google.It's home page today is dedicated to Cesar Chavez's Birthday. google.com No Easter wishes from those Atheists.— Dino LaMeekster (@deanmeek) March 31, 2013
Not tryin to start a holy war here, but seriously Google? Chavez? Have fun while over 90% of America celebrates Easter #TeamBingNow— Matt Frey(@Biggiefrey13) March 31, 2013
What's with Google honoring Caesar Chavez during Easter Holy Week? Buffoons!#It'saboutJesus and his sacrifice for all of mankind.— Judie (@lovesbigsky) March 31, 2013
History will judge societies and governments ... by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless. --Cesar Chavez— The Fighting Liberal (@texyellowdogdem) March 30, 2013