Google Doodle Slams Russia

Via the Guardian:

Google has nailed its colours to the mast over Russia’s gay rights record in a new Google doodle, which is dedicated to the Olympic charter. The internet company’s logo was presented in the colours of the rainbow flag and also featured images of Winter Games events. The build-up to the Sochi Games, the opening ceremony of which takes place on Friday, has been disrupted by a debate over the apparent conflict between the central principles of the Games and anti-gay laws in Russia. The doodle linked to search results for “Olympic charter” and quoted from it: “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.”

The message is currently appearing worldwide. Thank you, Google! (Tipped by many JMG readers)

UPDATE: The Human Rights Campaign applauds.

“Google has once again proven itself to be a true corporate leader for equality,” said Griffin. “Alongside Olympic sponsors like AT&T, Google has made a clear and unequivocal statement that Russia’s anti-LGBT discrimination is indefensible. Now it’s time for each and every remaining Olympic sponsor to follow their lead. The clock is ticking, and the world is watching.”