Freedom Day doodle pulled from Google after some were 'offended'
Google has removed its SA Freedom Day doodle and issued an apology after some people founded it “offensive”.
On Monday, the search engine shared a doodle on its search page to commemorate Freedom Day. in SA. It featured the six colours of SA's flag and the country's national animal, the springbok.
The doodle also carried a quote from late former president Nelson Mandela when he spoke on the first anniversary of SA’s non-racial elections in 1995.
“Wherever South Africans are across the globe, our hearts beat as one, as we renew our common loyalty to our country and our commitment to its future.”
The now-deleted doodle was liked by some but not by others, sparking a debate on Twitter.
Shortly after the debate, Google removed the doodle, saying “we should have done better and are deeply sorry”.
On Twitter, some questioned what the springbok had to do with Freedom Day, a day that marked the first post-apartheid elections held 26 years ago.
Here is a snapshot of what tweeps had to say.
Google Doodle has a Sprinbok for Freedom Day.... this isn't the ish we died for.— Trago (@siphiWOW) April 27, 2020
2 cents on Freedom Day Google Doodle: what is offensive to one, may not be offensive to the other. Invalidating someone's views; we can live without that.— Thato (@ThatoMamathuba) April 27, 2020
He asked a question. An answer without some of the insults that came with the answers 👍🏾
Google’s Freedom Day image doesn’t work for me. Looks too apartheid-ish with the springbok and the three striped flag. They could have done a lot better.— Penza (@pedvr) April 27, 2020
Yesterday's RSA Freedom Day Google Doodle furore is yet another example of what transpires, years down the line when you've forgiven someone who did not apologise and/or has not even shown a dollop of remorse.— Ali (@Agz1lla) April 28, 2020