Nick Cannon isn’t very happy with Google. On February 1, the official start of Black History Month, the company placed a cartoon image of Harriet Tubman holding a lantern and wearing a scarf, presumably leading slaves to freedom as its home page image. Tubman was a former slave who led hundreds slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Emmy winning actress Cicely Tyson portrayed Tubman in the 1978 film about her life, ‘A Woman Called Moses’.
Nick took to both his Instagram and Twitter pages to rant about the Google image (above) writing,
Really Google??? This is the way we are kicking off Black History Month. #UndergroundSearchEngine#WhoApprovedThis #WhySheRockingALouieVscarf #AmIJustBeingSensitive #FeelingSomeTypeOfWay#RacistMuch…It’s interesting to see all the different opinions. At least we are having the conversation…Like I said in my stand up special… We are ALL Racist!!! Lol
Nick expressing himself about politics and pop culture is nothing new. If you recall a few months ago, Nick blasted ’12 Years A Slave’, writing on Twitter:
If I see another damn slave movie…AARRRGGHHHH!!!!! I think they keep making them because they want to keep Black folks on edge! They don’t want us to get to comfortable! Yeah we know about Obama…But don’t forget about Toby!”
He later added an image of his grandmother and wrote,
They called this lady a slave, I call her my grandmother’s grandmother. Why don’t they make movies about our African kings & queens? #OurHistory I would love to see a film about Akhenaton and his beautiful wife Queen Nefertiti! Or Cetewayo, a King who was a war hero. Im about to drive to my office RIGHT NOW and start the development! New Hollywood Trend, Black King and Queen films! Starring Black People!! #NoDisrespectToElizabethTaylor.”
Reportedly, Google kept the image posted for a full 24 hours as it does all its tribute images.
Is Nick being to sensitive or was Google’s image offensive?