The Halloween Witch Google Doodle : Spooky But Offensive?

Oct 31, 2013 • 8:10 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

Today on Google's home page is the 2013 interactive Google Logo, aka Google Doodle. This is the Halloween Witch, which lets you mix and match potions into a cauldron and then see the output. While the logo is fun and spooky, some are calling it offensive and insensitive.

Here is the static image:

Google's Halloween Witch Logo

Here is a high resolution video of me playing with the Google logo:

However, one person posted in the Google Web Search Help forums telling Google the logo is offensive and insensitive. This person explained, "the depiction of the witch as an old, ugly evil woman derives from Christianity and is quite frankly offensive to modern witches in Wiccanism and other neo-pagan movements."

Anyway, the neat part is the easter egg for the search result it sends you to. I.e. the Witch Knowledge Graph answer:

Google Witch Knowledge Graph answer

You can find more Halloween Google knowledge graph easter eggs over here.

Happy Halloween!

Forum discussion at Google+ & Google Web Search Help.

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Daniel L Sanchez

10/31/2013 12:53 pm

People can sometime be so stupid...


10/31/2013 03:32 pm

That's offensive to stupid people.


10/31/2013 04:05 pm

Everyone is so sensitive. You simply can't please everyone.

John B

11/01/2013 02:27 am

So every witch costume, every movie, every TV show, every picture should be changed now so you wont cry? Every depiction of a witch is an old, ugly evil woman! Give me a break. This is getting ridiculous!

MaMa LeIn

11/02/2013 09:20 am

Nice Google Doodle

Bob Weaddababyeetsaboi

11/02/2013 07:02 pm

You cannot just make up a religion and then tell people after years of tradition that they are being insensitive. Get naked and dance around a tree and have an orgy you will feel better.

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