Google’s “Racist” Doodle Gets The Conan Treatment

    August 9, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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If you’ve been to the Google homepage in the last two weeks, you have probably noticed a flurry of new Google Doodles – a new one each day, actually. Google has committed themselves to providing us with a new Olympic-themed Doodle every day during the games, and for that, we salute them.

The last three days, the Doodles have been interactive – in fact, they’ve all been playable games. On Tuesday, the Doodle let you compete as an Olympic hurdler. Yesterday, it let you shoot hoops in honor of Olympic basketball. And today, Google debuted their toughest game so far, one that involved slalom canoeing.

But it was the first Doodle, the hurdling one, that sparked a bit of controversy on the interwebs. The game (which you can see above) drew claims of subtle racism from people on social media who said that the black athlete was running on a surface that too closely resembled a watermelon.

Whether or not you believe that this was an intentional joke, a coincidence that was blown out of proportion, or an example of an eager public waiting to jump on anything (no matter how far-fetched), there’s no denying that Google could have been a lot more racist with their Doodle.

And Conan goes there…

  • http://www.vasanthvihar.in Vasanth Vihar

    Hello Josh,

    Yes Google rocking with Doodles day by day. Google is ULTIMATE and salute for there creativity and technology.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Hold-Back-This-Ward-Kendall/dp/1477681590/ref=la_B0051WV1Y6_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1344614344&sr=1-3 Ward Kendall

    It does indeed look like the black man is running along a giant slice of watermelon. I would further say that those who saw it that way still associate watermelon with black people, which is, actually, quite accurate. Blacks slurping watermelon is no more racist than depicting Orientals dining on bowls of rice. Is that a racist image – or is it simply a hard fact of that culture. The real culprits here are those who get all huffy trying to convince others that blacks and watermelon don’t got together, when cultural evidence proves otherwise.

    • absolutereality
      • absolutereality

        Statistically, what proof do you have that blacks eat watermelon more than any other racial group? Do you have black coworkers that bring watermelon for lunch everyday? Do you understand what a sterotype is?
        Even if it is true, so what? The problem is that historically this sterotype has been used as an insult by racists. It is meant to be deaming and derogatory.

  • Psj

    Ha! Racism is fuelled by the do-gooders, if I hadn’t seen this I wouldn’t have noticed wether this guy was black or white!

  • fairy

    this not true all black dont like watermelon because im black and i dont like watermelon

  • Dwayne

    I genuinely cannot believe somebody managed to find racism in that. Haha, what has the world come to?

  • Tim


    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries.
    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.
    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.
    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?
    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?
    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?
    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.
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  • george wells

    Whites never get any credit for their contribution. Certainly not for Colonel Sanders or that green fruit that is pink inside with those black seeds.

    Have we had enough of the diversity extortion racket yet?

    Nobody is saying that Africa needs diversity.

    Nobody is saying that Asia needs diversity.
    They are already 100% diverse.
    People are only telling white children in white countries that they need diversity.
    White countries will be 100% diverse when there are no white people left.
    Diversity is a code-word for the genocide of white people.
    Every white country on earth is supposed to become multicultural and multiracial.
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

  • Darius

    If there was a white guy running on “watermelon”, Google would be ignoring black athletes and would therefore be racist. It’s hopeless. :))

  • Elizabeth Taylor

    Okay, CLEARLY, this is racist. It is a known fact that racist or even normal whites think all black people like watermelon. That is not true. Just a stereotype. I know what a fucking race track looks like but the track does look like a fucking watermelon! And a black person, too. Another stereotype (not so bad) is that all black people can run. So if I saw a black person running on a watermelon looking track, I would be kind of suspicious.
    And I’m surprised at a the racist/non-chalant comments on here! It seems as if the white race doesn’t see other problems but their own!
    (I’m white, btw)