Google often celebrates holidays and special events with themed doodles on its search homepage. The search giant's first doodle was a special graphic commemorating the Burning Man festival back 1998. There was a playable Pac-Man doodle to celebrate the yellow character's 30th anniversary, and a tribute to what would have been the 96th birthday of the late guitarist Les Paul. But it was a simple Father's Day doodle over the weekend that's drawing all kinds of attention, and some of it negative.
The International Business Times called the Father's Day Google Doodle a "failure." As shown above, it's nothing more than a series of blue letters with an orange tie in place of trhe letter "L." Nothing offensive about that, however it's the message Google placed under the graphic that IBT and others took issue with.
"Dad. Father. Pops. No matter what you call him, call your dad from Gmail ," the doodle read.
IBT took offense to Google "shamelessly hawking Google Voice... If Google now wants to exploit holidays for financial gain, it can expect to lose coolness points in the eyes of the public." But that wasn't the only complaint against the doodle.
"Is there a way to get rid of this reminder to call a relative who, to me, doesn't exist beyond the basic biological level?," one user complained. "I very recently lost my dad and while I understand the sentiment, having that 'reminder' there is incredibly mocking," wrote another.
IBT argues that since Google is the most popular website in the U.S., it must be sensitive to as many people as possible. That's true, but what's your take on the Father's Day doodle? Did Google do anything wrong, or are people overreacting?