5/31/2010 – Chris Banescu -
Google once again fails to commemorate Memorial Day with a special logo. Google has ignored this special day every year since 1999, when it first began using customized logos on its main page to mark particular holidays. The only reminder of this important day on Google’s home page is a tiny graphic of a yellow ribbon superimposed on a small American flag. Apparently, the sacrifices made by millions of American soldiers through the ages in defense of freedom and preservation of our liberties and the lives of hundreds of millions of other people around the world is not worthy of recognition.
Google has created hundreds of different special logos called Google Doodles to commemorate all sorts of lesser holidays and special days throughout the year. This year Google took the time to create special logos to celebrate such “memorable” days and “momentous” events as PAC-MAN’s 30th Anniversary, Earth Day, and April Fool’s Day.
The company began this tradition back in 1999 in order to “celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists.” Google takes great pride in its Doodles tradition as a “fun way for the company to recognize events and notable people, it also illustrates the creative and innovative personality of the company itself.” It seems important events like Memorial Day and “notable people” like the millions of American soldiers who have been killed, injured, and maimed in protecting this country, rescuing the world from the evils of fascist, communist, and Islamic tyranny, and maintaining peace through strength for many countries around the world are not worthy of proper recognition by Google.
Google’s explanation for choosing not to commemorate Memorial Day is absurd:
If we were to commemorate this holiday, we’d want to express reverence; however, as Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature, this would be a particularly challenging design. We wouldn’t want to create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful in any way.
When contacted back in 2007 about this glaring omission the company issued this official explanation:
Thank you for your note. We appreciate your interest in seeing a Memorial Day Google logo. If we were to commemorate this holiday, we’d want to express reverence; however, as Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature, this would be a particularly challenging design. We wouldn’t want to create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful in any way.
We have a long list of holidays that we’d like to celebrate in the future. We have to balance this rotating calendar with the need to maintain the consistency of the Google homepage. We really value your feedback regarding the Google logo, and please be assured that we’re actively pursuing ways in which we can acknowledge Memorial Day and other such occasions in the future.
The Google Team
This ridiculous excuse from Google was a repeat of similarly ludicrous comments back in 2005 regarding the missing Memorial Day special logo in its home page:
We have to balance this rotating calendar with the need to maintain the consistency of the Google homepage.
Furthermore, Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature. If we were to commemorate Memorial Day, we would want to express reverence, rather than mirth. This would be a particularly challenging design. We would not want to, in any way, create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful. In light of the mail we have received about this, we are actively considering designs we could display on this day next year. We welcome any suggestions you may have.
To prove Google wrong and highlight the absurdity the claim that it would be too “challenging” to come up with a design and hard to not be “disrespectful in any way”, the zombietime website issues a challenge to its readers to come up with Memorial Day special logos to honor the day and be respectful of the military.
Perhaps we can show Google that it’s not so hard by simply making some Memorial Day Google logos of our own.
Everybody: fire up your graphics software, and start making your proposed design for Google’s Memorial Day-themed logo. [...]
The goal is to create a logo that is respectful, tactful, and reflecting the spirit of Memorial Day. For inspiration, go to this page and click on “More Holiday Logos” at the upper right to see all the previous special holiday logos that Google has ever used. This page explains the meaning and history of Memorial Day : “This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country.”
Here are the winning entries below:
The logos speak for themselves! Any one of them would have been more than appropriate and considerate of this important and special day. Shame on Google for purposely failing to honor Memorial Day and coming up with such an absurd excuse for its cowardly stance.