Google left red-faced after 4th of July doodle EXPLODES over news of Highland Park mass shooting
Google's celebratory doodle and tribute page for the Fourth of July went wrong after the news of the horrific mass shooting in a northern Chicago suburb started spreading. The popular search engine is known to celebrate special days and festivals with special logos and doodles with customized graphics and animations.
The doodle animation for the 4th of July saw the uppercase G of Google wearing a chef's hat and tossing a burger high in the air while the alphabet E licked a red, white, and blue lollipop. The O's wore an Uncle Sam hat and danced with sparklers, while the lowercase G stood on a box singing into a microphone. Lastly, the L was used as a pole for the American flag.
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On the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate with soaring ⚾️, dazzling 🎆 and backyard 🍔🍉🌭🍦— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) July 4, 2022
Today’s #GoogleDoodle commemorates the birthday of the United States. Read more here —> https://t.co/guBPwXNmCr pic.twitter.com/ML0W6YqV0r
The search page for the 4th of July had animated splatters of red, white, and blue along with some firework sprinkles. But the jolly mood of the page was short-lived as the search page suddenly began filling up with stories about the horrific Highland Park mass shooting. Those who visited the search page saw the animated fireworks, which were a stark contrast to the news of the mass shooting.
After the news of the shooting broke out, the page was corrected by Google and the celebratory animations were removed. Robert Crimo, a 22-year-old rapper, opened fire at an Independence Day parade in a suburb of Chicago, killing at least six people and injuring at least thirty. As per reports, cops arrested Crimo III in North Lake Forest, Chicago, after 7 pm on Monday, July 4.
🚨Breaking: Mass shooting reported at an Independence Day/July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois. pic.twitter.com/yTOYxqDO5q— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) July 4, 2022
According to the police, the shooting happened at around 10:14 am in downtown Highland Park during the city's Fourth of July parade. Videos on social media showcase people fleeing after hearing several gunshots. Many witnesses revealed that they thought the gunshots were fireworks at first before realizing what was actually happening.
"You heard like a 'pop, pop, pop,' and I think everybody kinda thought maybe it was a display on one of the floats and then it just opened up. I was screaming and people were screaming. They were panicking and they were just scattering and I, you know, we didn't know. You know, it was right on top of us," Larry Bloom, a witness, told NBC Chicago.
Robert "Bobby" E. Crimo III taken in Alive. Don’t tell me we don’t have a problem with race in this country. #JaylandWalker killed no one and got shot 60 times. pic.twitter.com/Kbw5Wy3bEG— Far From Scripted Podcast (@FarScripted) July 5, 2022
Stacy Shaulman, a lifelong Highland Park resident, told The Chicago Sun-Times, "It's been a horrific day. I'm glad they got him. And unfortunately, he's a Highland Park kid, and people knew his family. His family has been around a long time." MEAWW previously reported, "Disturbing videos uploaded to [Crimo's] channel showed what looks like an illustration of a mass shooting and another that shows the street where the massacre took place. One of the videos even showed an illustration of cops shooting him."
The Highland Park shooting came in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting. 18-year-old terrorist and gunman Salvador Ramos barricaded himself inside a Robb Elementary School classroom and murdered 19 students and two teachers. Ever since the Texas shooting that left the world in shock, the discussion about the need for regulation of guns and gun control has been highly debated.
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