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Google apologizes for results of 'Michelle Obama' image search
CNN ^ | 11/25/09 | Saeed Ahmed,

Posted on 11/25/2009 2:00:07 PM PST by FromLori

For most of the past week, when someone typed "Michelle Obama" in the popular search engine Google, one of the first images that came up was a picture of the American first lady altered to resemble a monkey.

On Wednesday morning, the racially offensive image appeared to have been removed from any Google Image searches for "Michelle Obama." Google officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Google faced a firestorm of criticism over the episode. First, it banned the Web site that posted the photo, saying it could spread a malware virus. Then, when the image appeared on another Web site, Google let the photo stand. When a Google image search brought up the photo, an apologetic Google ad occasionally appeared above it.

The ad redirected users to a statement from Google which read, "Sometimes Google search results from the Internet can include disturbing content, even from innocuous queries. We assure you that the views expressed by such sites are not in any way endorsed by Google."

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: google; internet; michelleobama; pictures

1 posted on 11/25/2009 2:00:09 PM PST by FromLori
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To: FromLori

This is very nice of them. Shows no political bias, because we all know that Google removed teh racially offensive images of George W. Bush as a chimp.


2 posted on 11/25/2009 2:01:50 PM PST by DBrow
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To: FromLori
"there should be a campaign against the person who posted the photo"

Free speech?... Anyone?... Bueler?

3 posted on 11/25/2009 2:04:17 PM PST by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: FromLori

4 posted on 11/25/2009 2:04:17 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Barney Frank is the most disgusting person I can think of. I been thinking about it for months now.)
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To: FromLori

I can’t find it!


5 posted on 11/25/2009 2:04:27 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Ask not what the Kennedys can do for you, but what you can do for the Kennedys.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Now THAT is not racially inappropriate.


7 posted on 11/25/2009 2:06:01 PM PST by PghBaldy (James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed Martin Luther King Jr.)
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To: FromLori
Cry me a river...



No Apologies for Bush...


8 posted on 11/25/2009 2:06:25 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: FromLori

Seriously tacky stuff, that wasn’t funny when the Bush hating clowns did it.


9 posted on 11/25/2009 2:07:25 PM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: optiguy

“there should be a campaign against the person who posted the photo”

Send that counterrevolutionary dog to Siberia!/s


10 posted on 11/25/2009 2:07:49 PM PST by Frank_2001
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There is a point at which beating someone with an ugly stick yields no further returns.


11 posted on 11/25/2009 2:09:04 PM PST by Psalm 144 (What did you think NEW WORLD ORDER meant? The Constitution? States' rights? Individual liberty?)
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To: popdonnelly

It is shocking how now the media reports it is in bad taste, makes odumbo and others wonder why


12 posted on 11/25/2009 2:09:04 PM PST by italianquaker (“Every inch of this Administration is rife with corruption and cronyism.” --- Michelle Malkin)
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To: FromLori

I think this is a perfectly valid news story, but let’s not post the picture.

It IS true that GW Bush had the monkey parodies used against him left and right. However, it is ALSO true that monkey parodies have been used racially to demean black people. The last few times it has been posted here, it pulled some real winners - and probably more than a few liberals posting as ‘conservatives’ - out of the woodwork.

Freepers are smart enough to know how to use a search engine to find the shot. Let’s go after Michelle O for valid political reasons - or her horrible garish sense of fashion - but not touch this area with a ten foot pole.


13 posted on 11/25/2009 2:09:09 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: FromLori

Heh-heh!


14 posted on 11/25/2009 2:11:43 PM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: FromLori

I don’t even know what it looked like.


15 posted on 11/25/2009 2:12:15 PM PST by TheThinker
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To: DBrow; Admin Moderator
Ok...point taken.

However, it can still be found by Googling her name with one additional word.

16 posted on 11/25/2009 2:12:30 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: Yossarian

Let’s go after Michelle O for valid political reasons - or her horrible garish sense of fashion - but not touch this area with a ten foot pole.


How about the fact that the Mr. and Mrs. both look like and flourish the mannerisms of post operative transexuals?


17 posted on 11/25/2009 2:12:32 PM PST by Psalm 144 (What did you think NEW WORLD ORDER meant? The Constitution? States' rights? Individual liberty?)
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To: FromLori

That’s odd. I just searched Google for “michelle obama” and got all nice photos of Michelle Obama ... but in the “Related Search” box was a link to “Michelle Obama Monkey” ... that is no one’s fault but Google.


18 posted on 11/25/2009 2:13:45 PM PST by spodefly ( This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: FromLori
Nothing racial about the picture. It's from Celebrityape . They make monkeys out of everyone.
19 posted on 11/25/2009 2:14:35 PM PST by StandUpChuck
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Do you recall typing ‘failure’years ago and Google served up——G W BUSH???


20 posted on 11/25/2009 2:16:37 PM PST by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: FromLori

Was this the photo:

http://nocompromisemedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/michellebombsoutimage4.jpg


21 posted on 11/25/2009 2:16:42 PM PST by bw17
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To: Psalm 144
How about the fact that the Mr. and Mrs. both look like and flourish the mannerisms of post operative transexuals?

Oh come on - I don't think Howard Johnson's Restaurants hires trannies for waitresses:


22 posted on 11/25/2009 2:17:17 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: StandUpChuck

Thanks for the link!

It seems that they don’t have a particular bias.

Just making monkeyfaces on newsmakers.


23 posted on 11/25/2009 2:19:51 PM PST by digger48
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To: FromLori

Why is it “racially” offensive? Wouldn’t it be “speciesly” offensive?


24 posted on 11/25/2009 2:19:57 PM PST by clintonh8r (Oath Keeper and Manhattan Declaration signer)
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To: StandUpChuck
Nothing racial about the picture. It's from Celebrityape . They make monkeys out of everyone.

Interesting. I think if one were to put up the Michelle Obama image in line with other CelebrityApe shots, the whole thing gets put in context.

You just need to keep in mind the racial slurs of blacks as apes - so if the image goes up stand-alone, odds are that this is how it would be interpreted. But when done alongside of other celebs being lampooned, I don't see a problem.

25 posted on 11/25/2009 2:23:04 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: FromLori

26 posted on 11/25/2009 2:23:59 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: clintonh8r
Wouldn’t it be “speciesly” offensive?

LOL!! Hell,yes...were I the monkey, i'd sue!!!
27 posted on 11/25/2009 2:25:15 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-G. Orwell)
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To: FromLori

28 posted on 11/25/2009 2:26:36 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: FromLori
Google apologizes for results of 'Michelle Obama' image search

They should apologize....then replace the monkey image with the correct one,which would be Aunt Esther! LOL
29 posted on 11/25/2009 2:26:53 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-G. Orwell)
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To: FromLori

If you do an image search of “George Bush”, the second picture shows him eating a kitten. And the first related search is “George Bush monkey”.

Where’s Google’s apology for this?


30 posted on 11/25/2009 2:28:12 PM PST by minor49er ("We're in a war, dammit! We're going to have to offend someone!" - John Adams)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

yep, I saw the pic. Wow, lol


31 posted on 11/25/2009 2:29:55 PM PST by GulfWar1Vet
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

yep, I saw the pic. Wow, lol


32 posted on 11/25/2009 2:30:05 PM PST by GulfWar1Vet
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To: FromLori

It would seem that with 26 or more tax paid personal servants, she could present a better image.

The monkey thing was not a good idea.


33 posted on 11/25/2009 2:30:41 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is Americas First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: FromLori

Don’t you all remember when Google apologized for all those ChimpyMcBushitler pix? Seems like just yesterday. /s


34 posted on 11/25/2009 2:33:08 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Dallas59

I can’t stop laughing looks better on the dog.

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212269908.shtml


35 posted on 11/25/2009 2:34:26 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212269908.shtml


36 posted on 11/25/2009 2:35:24 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: bw17

No but roflmao

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212269908.shtml


37 posted on 11/25/2009 2:38:43 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: FromLori
is it okay to post this one?
38 posted on 11/25/2009 2:41:24 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: FromLori
Who searches Google for michelle obama anyway?
39 posted on 11/25/2009 2:48:58 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: BallyBill

Good question only reason I knew about the story was it popped up in headlines on more then one site. They even had it on the telegraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/6653365/Google-refuses-to-remove-racist-Michelle-Obama-caricature.html


40 posted on 11/25/2009 2:53:23 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: BallyBill

Probably elementary school kids doing a report. Or a Newsreporter — which amounts to the same thing on the intellectual scale.


41 posted on 11/25/2009 3:23:49 PM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: FromLori

Surely I am not the only one....

Google did not bring up Chewbacca?


42 posted on 11/25/2009 4:45:47 PM PST by Dryman ("FREE THE LONG FORM!")
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