Skip to comments.Google apologizes for results of 'Michelle Obama' image search
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."
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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.
Free speech?... Anyone?... Bueler?
I can’t find it!
Now THAT is not racially inappropriate.
Seriously tacky stuff, that wasn’t funny when the Bush hating clowns did it.
“there should be a campaign against the person who posted the photo”
Send that counterrevolutionary dog to Siberia!/s
There is a point at which beating someone with an ugly stick yields no further returns.
It is shocking how now the media reports it is in bad taste, makes odumbo and others wonder why
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.
I don’t even know what it looked like.
However, it can still be found by Googling her name with one additional word.
Lets 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?
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.
Do you recall typing ‘failure’years ago and Google served up——G W BUSH???
Was this the photo:
Oh come on - I don't think Howard Johnson's Restaurants hires trannies for waitresses:
Thanks for the link!
It seems that they don’t have a particular bias.
Just making monkeyfaces on newsmakers.
Why is it “racially” offensive? Wouldn’t it be “speciesly” offensive?
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.
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?
yep, I saw the pic. Wow, lol
yep, I saw the pic. Wow, lol
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.
Don’t you all remember when Google apologized for all those ChimpyMcBushitler pix? Seems like just yesterday. /s
I can’t stop laughing looks better on the dog.
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.
Probably elementary school kids doing a report. Or a Newsreporter — which amounts to the same thing on the intellectual scale.
Surely I am not the only one....
Google did not bring up Chewbacca?
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