With the Winter Olympics only hours away, athletes and media are preparing, readying, for a controversial event. Russia’s anti-gay laws have come under attack by major powers in the build up to the games, but now it seems Google is also taking a stand, on the day of the opening ceremony.
Celebrating the start of the Russian Winter Olympics in Sochi, Google created a doodle demonstrating 6 Olympic sports. Included in Google’s doodle is a variety of sports, including snowboarding and skiing; but was uploaded in the LGBT colours.
Coincidence? Highly unlikely. Featured alongside the doodle, a rather audacious quote from the Olympic Charter:
“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”
Google hasn’t published any statement, but has earned respect from campaigners calling for an end to Russia’s discrimination. As well as being praised for demonstrating corporate equality, Google has joined Barrack Obama in fighting the anti-gay law.
Mr Obama told NBC:
“There is no doubt we wanted to make it very clear that we do not abide by discrimination in anything, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”
Google updated its Russia page, and now faces harsh whiplash from within the Kremlin.
It’s good to know that some corporations actually have morals, Google isn’t the only one – but has made a clear condemnation of the law. Google, well done for promoting equality. The world will be watching Russia.