Conservatives Outraged by Cesar Chavez Google Doodle on Easter
Members of the right wing are freaking out online after Internet search giant Google chose to honor Cesar Chavez with a doodle on Easter Sunday instead of something Christian holiday related. Some even attempted to divert traffic from the world’s largest search engine to Microsoft’s Bing, which the right applauded for featuring Easter eggs on its home page.
President Obama first declared March 31 “Cesar Chavez Day” two years ago to honor the celebrated co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association on his birthday. Chavez, who died 20 years ago, would have been 86 this year.
The American farm worker was also a civil rights activist and labor leader, and so naturally, because he represents the rights of all people and not just the select (previous) majority, the right wing is up in arms. See, today is also Easter, and as usual, the right thinks the entire country must celebrate their holidays and nothing else, or else their rights are being suffocated.
The ironic thing is that Cesar Chavez was a Christian activist, basing his civil rights rallies upon Jesus’ example of achieving social justice through non-violence, and as such, is an iconic hero to Mexican Americans.
The Right is up in arms on Twitter, threatening to switch to Bing as revenge against Google for honoring a Christian activist on Easter.
Here’s a sampling of the reaction from some of the influential pundits on the right:
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) March 31, 2013
I thought the Chavez-google thing was a hoax or an early April Fool’s Day prank…are they just going to leave that up there all day?
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) March 31, 2013
Bing, 1. Google, 0. ==> twitchy.com/2013/03/31/whi…
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 31, 2013
As BuzzFeed noted, to further add to the right’s ire, some on Twitter thought the doodle was honoring Hugo Chavez after Michelle Malkin tweeted out a link from the conservative site Twitchy that initially had mistakenly claimed Google was honoring the recently deceased Venezuelan leader.
— Posted by Tracy Bloom.