Anger arose Easter morning when Google chose to honor Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez on its search engine rather than the Christian holiday.
Google has long marked holidays and the birthdays of notable figures by incorporating them into the normally simple logo. But on Sunday two of those fell on the same day: the 86th anniversary of Chavez’s birth and Easter, the day Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and children awaken to see what treats the Easter Bunny has brought them.
Social media was abuzz with reaction:
“Cool for Google to not celebrate Easter but really?!!? Go to http://google.com . HAPPY Caesar Chavez day everybody! #HELIVES!” conservative pundit Glenn Beck tweeted.
Google hasn’t marked Easter with its Google Doodle, as the special artworks are called, since 2000, but that was little comfort to many – especially since rival search engine Bing covered its home page with colorful Easter eggs.