Today Google’s doodle honors the 116th birthday of Edith Head. I wonder how many people under 30 even know who she was? I enjoy Google’s doodles as much as the next person but it seems to me they play it awfully safe. National days and days of independence are honored. Semi-obscure geeks are honored. It’s all fun.
But religious holidays are studiously avoided. “Happy holidays” for days around Christmas is as close as you see. And you don’t see politically related days honored either. There is no September 11 tribute (at least as far as the years I checked).
I guess I can understand the logic behind it. Still given Google’s perception as a brave company willing to try new things it feels wrong. But it’s probably just me.