Remember that Google Doodle everybody tried to make a big deal about a few months ago? You know, the doodle of Cesar Chavez posted on Easter Sunday? The one that some right-wingers first claimed was Hugo Chavez, but even when corrected, still tried to claim that, by honoring Cesar Chavez (on his birthday) instead of Jesus Christ (on his resurrection), Google was attacking religion?
Well, some people are apparently still upset about it.
So upset, in fact, that they've taken to pestering Google at its shareholders meeting. A group called the National Center for Public Policy Research announced yesterday that they recently sent someone to the meeting to ask Google reps what they thought about “offending millions, if not billions,” of Christians worldwide by choosing to honor Chavez.
And, they boasted, they got an apology.
“To many people,” the questioner informed the Mountain View company's top honchos, “Google's decision seemed an intentional insult.” Google must have “surely” known, he continued, that Christians would be upset. What did the the company gain “from unnecessarily upsetting so many customers?”
As the video below shows, after an awkward silence, the Google executives looked at each other and smiled nervously, and the audience started laughing uncomfortably. Then one Googler responded that “there was no intent to slight anyone” and that there are plenty of other opportunities to honor religious figures.
Another Google executive, IDed by the conservative group as executive chairman Eric Schmidt, continued, “If there was offense, it was certainly not intended and I do apologize.”
You can watch the incident below, about 1:40 in to the video.
So does that count as an apology? The group titled their press release, “Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt Publicly Apologizes for Insult to Christians Worldwide by Celebrating Violence-Linked Union Leader Cesar Chavez,” but it looks to us like Google was merely trying to humor the questioner so they could move on to more important questions.
You tell us. Should those who admire Cesar Chavez now call on Google and Schmidt to apologize for apologizing?
(This could get old really fast, don't you think?)