Valentine’s Day Google Doodle Is Heartwarming, Controversial

    February 14, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Today’s animated Google Doodle is simple, heartwarming, and slightly controversial?

Let’s start with the un-controversial part, which is basically 99% of the Doodle. A young lad sees the love of his young life playfully jumping rope, completely oblivious to his existence. Of course, he thinks – what about searching Google for tips on how to woo her? He tried flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals – to no avail. I won’t ruin the end, because it’s pretty cute.

I personally like Google’s message that even their search engine can’t really help navigate the maze that is a woman’s heart. Oh, and the Tony Bennett song “Cold, Cold heart” is also a nice touch. Check it out below:

Now, the “controversial” part (and I’m really emphasizing those quotation marks) involves an image that appears for about a second and a half near the end of the Doodle. After our young lad has won over his Valentine and they begin jumping rope together, Google flashes six squares that show other couples. You have and astronaut and an alien, a cat and a dog, cookies and milk, and what appears to be two depictions of same-sex couple on the bottom row.

The middle image of two men in suits, appearing to be at a wedding, is unmistakable. The image on the bottom left could be looked at as two women, although it’s not as clear cut as the male-male image.

People on Twitter have caught it:

Have you seen the Google Doodle today featuring a quick nod to gay marriage? Watch closely or you’ll miss it. Sweet. 23 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The google doodle is amazing. Not only is it adorable but, they also included a gay couple! 43 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The Google doodle video for Valentine’s Day definitely supports all kinds of love; including gay marriage. 8 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

On one hand, good for Google for expressing their feelings on equality. But one thing felt a little off about the ending collage of couples. It most likely wasn’t intentional, but the collage itself seems to undermine Google’s assumed message. Placing the same sex couple(s) next to a princess-frog couple and an alien-astronaut couple is an odd choice. Is the same sex couple to be thought of in the same way as fictional couples that don’t really exist? Twitter users also picked up on this:

Did I notice that Google tried to make their heteronornative Valentines doodle inclusive by equating gay men with princesses and frogs? Yes. 1 hour ago via twicca ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Today’s Google Doodle: Part adorable, part controversial. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/ Mike McDonald

    Hang on… I have to Google ‘heteronornative’…

  • KryptoniteBalls

    We can never just enjoy nice things. I’m sure there’s a health nut out there pissed that cookies and milk were included as a love interest.


  • Bing

    Switching to Bing.

  • TimL

    “I won’t ruin the end, because it’s pretty cute”, and then just a few sentences later you give away the end! Dude! 😉

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

      Hey! I don’t ruin the end…not if you watch the video before you read what’s below it. :-)

  • Sarah

    Why do we humans feel like we need to over-analyze everything? OK, here’s my over-analyzation! Google is simply saying that love is love no matter the subjects. And who’s to say aliens are fictional? Just because we haven’t met any yet? And why can’t a princess fall in love with a frog? Humans fall in love with animals daily… cats, dogs, horses, pigs. Why is this love any less valid than a love between a man and a woman? Pishaw! Enjoy creativity people!

    • KryptoniteBalls

      That’s a bingo!

    • Jesse

      I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • Carlos

    They screwed up, they support the evil, all of homosexual people are unhappy, promiscuous and at the and completly hopeless, thats for truth

    • mikmik

      Oh, nos! They also have teh unmarrieds lolz wut?

      Bravo Google

    • Erick

      What a sad story, that people never will understand, man and woman are true love, other is just antinatural perverted choices

      • Elsa

        Dude, go get educated.

    • Wicked

      Yes and we shouldn’t let these evil Negros or Hispanics marry either. Just us white Christians. Because God and Jesus are AmeriCAN!

      Get it straight you hate mongering insect. No-one is threatening your religious freedom, but you are trying to legislate your insecurities away.

      Let love flow. Let peace be your guide. Let God still your wicked tongue.

  • Aramaic

    For God did not send his Son into the world that he would condemn the world, but that he would give life to the world by him.
    John 3:17

    I think it is time for all good Christians to emulate Christ by dining with tax collectors and prostitutes. Be filled with the love of Christ rather than the hate of the Evil one. Be not like the pharisees and sadducees.

  • Benjamin

    While it is nice that you are all noticing the same-sex couple, how come nobody has said ANYTHING about the inter-racial couple? Unfortunately, there are many parts of this country where inter-racial marraiges are still not okay.

  • Aramaic

    50 years ago the Bigots hid behind their bibles to support their hatred based on skin color. Today they use it to attack Homosexuals. They rail against evolution and not long ago it was the helio centric model of the solar system. No one is trying to take your rights away and give them to homosexuals. you are still free to raise your children as close minded, bigoted, socialy parinoid,morally bankrupt, antisocial, recalcitrants.

    • Leroy

      What makes you think anyone is hiding ?…We didn’t spend our time hiding in closets preforming perverted acts…Our message is alwys available and clear ..Perversion, whether interracial marrige, or homosexual marrige, is still a perversion…Goes against Natural affections, into unnatural affections…Goes against Gods Laws..
      Goes against the Laws of Nature!
      You think 50 years, or 50,000 years, is going to change opinions of your perverse, anti-social behavior?..
      You hate filled Sodomites are an Abomination to God…Objects of revulsion and disgust..The only case of A city being destroyed by an Angel of God was Sodom,the city filled with Homosexuals.
      That might give you an idea how much God detests Homosexuals.

  • http://Yahoo mickey

    Why ruin a world wide accepted message about what women really want- well done with a Tony Bennett song – by a picture supporting a controversial issue of gay marriage.
    Not everyone, especially Catholics/Christians accept this state.
    keep your personal beliefs out of your world wide messages that everyone has to see if they normally enjoy your google doodles.

  • Leroy

    Google Sucks…PC Perverts…Degenerates…Perverse in every sense of the word…Like to be able to contact the Scumbags at Google,but there’s no contact email i’ve ever found.
    Ignore all thats made North America the great place to live ,and embrace all the things that will bring it down…Multi-culturalism..Homosexualtity..Femminism…Socialism.