Cesar Chavez Google Doodle sparks furor
MANILA, Philippines - Tensions with some Google users were high on March 31, Easter Sunday, as Google's latest Doodle brought out furor in some and respect in others.
The Google Doodle was of labor leader Cesar Chavez, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later known as the United Farm Workers union). He helped to organize workers' rights for farmers in the United States.
For a subset of Internet denizens, however, that meant a decided lack of an Easter Google Doodle, which set off some emotional responses on Twitter.
For some, the issue was that it wasn't representative of Easter.
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
A number of responses couldn't tell that Cesar Chavez was not former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez .
So, on Easter Google chooses to honor Hugo Chavez. How does that make you feel?— William (B. J.) Sons (@SonsHomes) March 31, 2013
Some were concerned with making sure that Cesar Chavez wasn't misrepresented as Hugo Chavez, taking to Twitter to point that misconception out.
Dear Twitter:HUGO Chavez=stabby killy dictator guy from VenezuelaCESAR Chavez=If MLK was Mexican and didn't get shot.You're welcome.— HOOKS (@HOOOKS) March 31, 2013
The Google Doodle wasn't entirely unexpected, however, as US President Barack Obama announced on March 29 that March 31 would become Cesar Chavez Day. In his proclamation, the president asked all Americans "to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and education programs to honor Cesar Chavez's enduring legacy." - Rappler.com