Why you saw a Google Doodle of Cesar Chavez this weekend

google doodle cesar chavezWhy didn’t this weekend’s Google Doodle feature the Easter Bunny instead of Cesar Chavez’s?

For starters, it was Chavez’s birthday, and Easter isn’t a holiday that Google likes to celebrate. It’s not a holiday in Google’s book, even though it might be a day worth celebrating for religious Christians and Catholics. Easter has not been celebrated with a Doodle ever since the first and last time in 2000. Yes, we checked. There are Google Doodles for other religious holidays, including Christmas and even St. Patrick’s Day, but no Easter. Maybe it’s simply about keeping religion out of its Doodles – although omitting one of them seems arbitrary, but that’s Google’s prerogative. 

But is there a deeper reasons why Cesar Chavez? (Important note, considering that the distinction seems to fall on deaf eyes and ears to some outraged weekend Googlers: Cesar Chavez and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez are not the same person. Cesar Chavez was the co-founder of the United Farm Worker’s Union, and a labor civil rights activist who died in 1993.)

One controversial theory points out Eric Schmidt’s political views and ties to Obama. The Daily Caller says that Obama proclaimed March 31 as “Cesar Chavez Day” back in 2011 (March 31st is also Chavez’s birthday) and ties Schmidt’s relationship with Obama and his being a “climate-change activist” to having a hand with the Doodle. We won’t get into the details, but The Atlantic picks apart The Daily Caller’s more conservative view, and rethinks Google’s agenda. The conclusion is that Google is using Chavez’s image to position itself as a corporation that cares about politics, an important statement and its political jockeying to get a better foothold leading up to inevitable public and political discussions in a future where politics and technology will clash more than it already has. Take, for instance, the type of drama that Google Glass will stir up.

There might be a legitimate claim to Google’s relationship with politics. Schmidt has been stirring up controversy with his visit to North Korea and Myanmar, although he has better things to do than oversee Doodles. But also it’s interesting to find that Google didn’t have a Google Doodle to its name on March 31, 2012. On March 31, 2011 (the first Cesar Chavez Day) Google celebrated “Robert Bunsen’s 200th Birthday.”

We reached out to Google for its side of the story, and its spokesperson replied to us with the comment, “We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it’s difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site. Sometimes for a given date we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven’t in the past.”

Many didn’t react favorably to the Doodle, as they’re offended by Google choice to celebrate Chavez instead of “Christ.” Others claim to have boycotted Google and instead pledged their allegiance to Yahoo and Bing (which went a more traditional route with an Easter egg filled background), while some still continue to voice their discontent at the time of this writing. Our guess is Google will survive the “backlash.”

 dana perino google chavez

google easter reaction 1google easter reaction 2google easter reaction


Google's Wear OS update 'H' promises battery life improvements

Google has rebranded its Android Wear operating system to Wear OS. Removing the Android name may help people better understand Google-powered smartwatches, which also play nice with iOS devices. 
Smart Home

How to stream music from Google Home to Bluetooth speakers or headphones

Want to stream music on Google Home, but listen to it through a different speaker or a pair of headphones? Here's how to play streaming music on Google Home through Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.

Google rolls out Night Sight to Pixel 3 and 3 XL camera app

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

The 100 best Android apps turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

Choosing which apps to download is tricky, especially given how enormous and cluttered the Google Play Store has become. We rounded up 100 of the best Android apps and divided them neatly, with each suited for a different occasion.
Social Media

Dine and dash(board): Make a Yelp reservation from your car’s control panel

Already in the car, but can't decide where to eat? Yelp Reservations can now be added to some dashboard touchscreens. Yelp Reservations searches for restaurants within 25 miles of the vehicle's location.

Hackers sold 120 million private Facebook messages, report says

Up to 120 million private Facebook messages were being sold online by hackers this fall. The breach was first discovered in September and the messages were obtained through unnamed rogue browser extensions. 
Social Media

Facebook opens pop-up stores at Macy’s, but they’re not selling the Portal

Facebook has opened pop-up stores at multiple Macy's, though they're not selling Facebook's new Portal device. Instead, they're showcasing small businesses and brands that are already popular on Facebook and Instagram.

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. You're in luck -- we've gathered 23 of the best subreddits to help…
Social Media

Facebook Messenger will soon let you delete sent messages

A feature coming to Facebook Messenger will let you delete a message for up to 10 minutes after you send it. The company promised the feature months ago and this week said it really is on its way ... "soon."
Social Media

Pinterest brings followed content front and center with full-width Pin format

Want to see Pinterest recommendations, or just Pins from followed users? Now Pinners can choose with a Pinterest Following feed update. The secondary feed eliminates recommendation and is (almost) chronological.
Smart Home

Facebook's Alexa-enabled video-calling devices begin shipping

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.
Social Media

Vine fans, your favorite video-looping app is coming back as Byte

Vine fans were left disappointed in 2017 when its owner, Twitter, pulled the plug on the video-looping app. But now one of its co-founders has promised that a new version of the app, called Byte, is coming soon.

Social media use increases depression and anxiety, experiment shows

A study has shown for the first time a causal link between social media use and lower rates of well-being. Students who limited their social media usage to 30 minutes a day showed significant decreases in anxiety and fear of missing out.
Social Media

Twitter boss hints that an edit button for tweets may finally be on its way

Twitter has been talking for years about launching an edit button for tweets, but it still hasn't landed. This week, company boss Jack Dorsey addressed the matter again, describing a quick-edit button as "achievable."