Google, Once Again, Offends with D-Day Doodle

By: Josh Wolford - June 6, 2014

In another one for the Google hates America, freedom, and our veterans files, the search engine is once again on the defensive after pissing off some people on D-Day with a Google Doodle.

For a brief period this morning, on the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II, Google displayed a Doodle that in no way honored or even referenced the famous battle.

Instead, Google displayed a Doodle honoring mid-19th century Japanese Go player Honinbo Shusaku.

Of course, this happened:

…and this:

…and plenty more like it.

As you probably guessed, this was simply a mistake on Google’s part. The doodle, which was only meant to be shown for Google’s Japanese and Hong Kong users, was displayed (for a brief moment) on Google.com, Google.co.uk, and Google.fr.

“Unfortunately a technical error crept in and for a short period this morning an international doodle also appeared. We’re sorry for the mistake, and we’re proud to honor those who took part in D-Day,” said a Google spokesperson.

Google’s no stranger to Doodle controversies – especially ones concerning D-Day. Back in 2012, Google was criticized for running a Doodle marking the anniversary of the very first drive-in movie theater on June 6th, instead of featuring a D-Day-themed piece of search art.

According to Fox News, Google hates America because it didn’t run a Flag Day Doodle at one point.

Here’s the thing – what Google has done for D-Day is much better than a Doodle could ever be. Right under the search box on its homepage, Google asks users to remember D-Day by exploring letter, photos, and maps of the Normandy landings. Google links us to an interactive “Google Cultural Institute” exhibit, which has nearly 500 of the aforementioned items available for everyone’s perusal.

Next year, maybe Google will make the “L” an American flag or something, just to appease Twitter.

Images via YouTube, Wikimedia Commons

Josh Wolford

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  • Darius

    Hard not to suspect that they really did just blunder/forget, then improvise with the links to the cultural institute. Nice snark with the suggestion about turning the l into a flag. Maybe for flag day. D-Day marks a turning point in world history, the 70th anniversary was an artistic opportunity lost.

  • K King

    The history we choose to forget, we choose to repeat. Because of the soldiers that landed on the beaches of Normandy, Google and all those commenting have the freedom to do so.

  • jon

    Are you guys short on stories?

    They made a mistake big deal !

    I am English and we also lost a lot of men on the beaches and I do not take offence yet I have a huge respect for the men involved, if surviving men take offence then let them rightly speak up but otherwise I suggest its a mountain out of a molehill, we all screwup sometimes and this might be nothing more than a bug in their code. The thing I dont like seeing is cheap journalism sensationalising a simple mistake in order to stir it up to “sell copy”. I am sure that the vets had more pressing matters on their mind at the time.

    >>For a brief period this morning

    BRIEF? A pathetic attempt at a story methinks.

    PS: Google hates America? Could we please remember that Americans were not the only ones on the beaches at D-day, there were also a hell of a lot of other nationalities there as well, not as token forces but in large numbers, please see the following link for an indication of the nations who would be snubbed if indeed a snub was intended, even this omits the free french, the New Zealanders and Aussies – as soon as you compile a list you risk leaving someone out because there were many nations there. The article is still pathetic, I am just challenging the main gist of this “story out of nothing” by suggesting that if Google had malicious intent then why should we suppose it was against America and not for instance against the Brits or Canadians or French or …….

    Please see the following link for a a crude breakdown that omits many contributing nations.

    http://www.itv.com/news/2014-06-06/d-day-in-numbers-the-remarkable-statistics-behind-the-largest-seaborne-invasion-in-history/

  • http://jacksononthemoon.com sharonjackson

    It is a Google Doodle for God’s sake, not the end of the universe as we know it.

  • Cyrus

    Why are people commemorating such an atrocious act in the first place?

    • Dave

      An “an atrocious act”?!

      Suggest you scurry off & learn some history before coming out with a
      comment like that. Had it not been for that “atrocious act” you probably
      wouldn’t exist nor have the freedom to post crap like that.

    • Nathanial Poling

      what? I guess freeing France from the Nazis is atrocious now? I think the only thing atrocious were the Nazi death camps were they starved and killed millions of people.

  • DAVID ALAN JONES RIDGE

    In a feeble effort to remain PC, this was not wise. But being aware of how corporations are my feeling is that this WAS done on purpose.