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Harriet Tubman Wasn't Removed Over Backlash

2/4/2014 10:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Nick Cannon got fired up about Google's Black History Month tribute featuring Harriet Tubman -- and sparked some outrage on the Internet -- but the company doesn't think it did anything wrong ... TMZ has learned.

If you missed it, Google's homepage on February 1st featured a doodle of the Civil War era abolitionist carrying a lantern. If you slept through your education -- Tubman led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

The image of HT, wearing a do-rag, rubbed Nick the wrong way -- he Instagrammed ... "Really Google? This is the way we are kicking off Black History Month #WhoApprovedThis"


Our Google sources tell us they did NOT take down the doodle early due to the moderate backlash generated in part by Cannon's IG. We're told Harriet was up for a full 24-hours ... just like all the other Google doodle tributes.

Question is: why was anyone pissed in the first place? There are plenty of actual photos of Tubman wearing a do-rag.

So, we gotta ask ...



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Professional victims throwing tantrums to be noticed.

168 days ago

Tom Liebengood    

Really NicK?? You should be more worried about what your wife wears! Ms Carey, although she'd like to be Marilyn Monroe, hangs out a bit too much in her tight dresses and looks ridiculous in her thigh high boots!

168 days ago


I suppose they should have used the Ebony cover pic of him and his wife--what's her name?

168 days ago


Jeeze! Does that mean that wouldn't be any black rappers without Harriet Tubman??

168 days ago

Jamie Dee    

What an ass clown. Do your homework before you call something racist.

168 days ago


As usual, one black person says something negative and they are seen as speaking on behalf of all. Smh.

168 days ago


2% say the Google promo is "racist". Same 2%, including Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, make all the news we hear drum beating out of Main Stream Media.

Very telling...

168 days ago


maybe he mistook it for something else. I'm not sure how anyone could think the image of harriet Tubman was racist?! She was so brave in a time when she could have been killed for saving the lives of others. She should be celebrated!

168 days ago


I don't find anything wrong with this. It's paying tribute to a great person who helped hundreds of black people.
And also, Nick Cannon has always loved the attention. Probably the only reason he said what he did.

168 days ago

Mr. Clean    

Ignorant much Nick?

168 days ago

Farrakhan Ashy Larry    

Go to Bossip's headline of this story, roam the comment section and you will see this is Nick Cannon only.

168 days ago

Sheldon Siegel    

Follow the drinking gourd.

168 days ago


It's unnecessary acts such as this that give racists the green light to unleash their racist replies...shut up Nick, there was nothing wrong with the picture. Why give racists a reason to inappropriately judge "all black people" by one person's ignorance. This comment section goes to show that "ignorance" comes in all creeds & colors.

168 days ago

A J Mclamb    

I think there are some people (non-African Americans) that are stoking the fires here to get things riled up about this. I am Black and I see absolutely nothing wrong with this tribute. Are we absolutely sure this is not someone just trying to start some stupid s**t? I don't think any African American has a problem with this picture at all. I think its all fabricated!!

168 days ago


If I was Harriet, I would feel honored. They could've put MLK...even Jesse Jackson (ha). I approve of the Harriet tubman tribute. Nick so sensitive

168 days ago
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