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Despite backlash, Google stands by Harriet Tubman Google Doodle

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman
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Some are saying that Google took down its Feb. 1 tribute Google Doodle to Harriet Tubman over a backlash over their depiction of her. However, sources speaking to TMZ on Tuesday denied that, saying that it was up for the normal length of time, 24 hours.

Harriet Tubman Google Doodle
Harriet Tubman Google Doodle
Google

Why would the celebrity website get into an argument over Harriet Tubman and one of Google's Doodles? It's because Nick Cannon (yes, Mr. Mariah Carey) railed at the Internet giant for depicting a Tubman wearing a scarf in her hair, which is now popularly known as a do-rag.

Cannon's Instagram message said:

Really Google??? This is the way we are kicking off Black History Month. #UndergroundSearchEngine #WhoApprovedThis #WhySheRockingALouieVscarf #AmIJustBeingSensitive #FeelingSomeTypeOfWay #RacistMuch

However, while Cannon apparently felt the depiction was a racist one, a quick look at Wikipedia's image for Tubman in her article shows her -- wearing a scarf in her hair. It's actually not an uncommon depiction of her, TMZ acknowledged, as well.

Google sources told TMZ that the stood by the Tubman Doodle. They insisted that they did not take down the Doodle any earlier than normal, despite the moderate backlash generated, at least in part, by Cannon's Instagram post.

A notably unscientific survey taken at the website showed that (at the time of this writing, with 46,792 votes taken) 98 percent believe the Doodle was in no way racist.