This past Easter Sunday, Google took it upon itself to highlight the birthday of Cesar Chavez rather than highlight what to many Christians is the most important holiday in the faith. Google issued a statement that it was “difficult to choose which events to highlight” on the site on various holidays. The reality? This isn’t the first time that Google chose not to go with the more significant event on a particular day. D-Day has been ignored twice (they opted to celebrate the invention of Tetris and the drive-in movie on those occasions) and on Memorial Day 2012, Google gave a small nod to the holiday in the form of a tiny American flag. What gets celebrated every year in the form of a Google Doodle? The Day of the Dead has been honored with a doodle every year since 2008.
Taking all of this into consideration, I decided to help Google make that all-too-difficult decision by making a list of my own. Here are some dates of holidays (thanks to Wikipedia) coming up later this year and some suggestions for Google to help make this incredibly tough decision infinitely easier:
On May 18th instead of recognizing Armed Forces Day, Google could promote the birthday of Czar Nicholas II of Russia.
On May 27th, when most Americans are celebrating Memorial Day, Google should recognize the 1933 release of Disney’s The Three Little Pigs instead.
Instead of waving Old Glory on Flag Day on June 14th, Google could protest President Eisenhower’s signing of the bill that put “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
On July 4th, Google staff could highlight instead the founding of the city of Trois-Rivieres in Quebec in 1634.
On September 2nd, the Google brain trust could make a super-doodle honoring the birth of super-actor Keanu Reeves. Labor Day can wait.
On October 14th, when most Americans commemorate Columbus Day, Google could either belittle President Reagan’s 1982 announcement of the War on Drugs or vividly recall the 1981 election of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Take your pick.
November 11th, is the day when our heroic veterans are honored. Yasser Arafat’s death should get the Google treatment instead.
November 28th, is the day for giving thanks and being with family. Instead the Google squad could hold a parade to remember the day when East Timor declared independence from Portugal in 1975.
After remembering Cesar Chavez on Easter Sunday, the Google team should break with tradition and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25.
Sarcasm aside, it really is a shame that Google thinks it is a “difficult decision” whether to highlight a holiday worshipped by over two billion people or not. This isn’t the first time this has happened at the company, and most likely won’t be the last. Google is a powerful force on the web, and conveniently forgetting the Easter holiday is shameful.