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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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So tired of black ppl taking everything as racism... I'm sure if I ask a black person to pass the black pepper I'd be labelled as racist...

228 days ago

Celeb Gossip Addict    

I'm sure Nick was kidding. There is absolutely nothing to be angry about. He is a jokester afterall.

227 days ago


Clearly Nick Cannon doesn't know his history and he's an IDIOT. When I see Harriot Tubman I think of freedom not slavery.. She was a great woman and what's the problem they depicted her exactly how over 95% of picture show her. If you are really outraged about this picture then you too need relearn your history.

227 days ago


He is such an idiot. He should stick to what he in the shadow of his wife. I guess money can't buy common sense.

227 days ago


Damned if you do, damned if you don't. You just can't win with these people.

227 days ago


It is NOT a "do-rag" TMZ, it's a head scarf, you guys are so pitiful...are you guys at TMZ racist much? STFD TMZ SMH!

227 days ago

Just My Opinion    

Didn't a White President set them free (end to slavery), and also white people march too to set them free?
How come what good a white person, or people did for the black persons back then is not talk about as much as slavery is?
How come the whites of today is hated by the black people, and they were never salves, and the white people of today is still paying the price for what some mean white people did back years ago? White people of today had nothing to do with slavery, so why hate us?

227 days ago


It's very factual, **** nick cannon.

227 days ago


He's offended by a picture on Google? Here's your history lesson Mr Carey: Harriet Tubman was probably one of the bravest and most amazing women in all history, not just Black history. She was an escaped slave, she freed close to 350 humans from bondage through the underground railroad, she was a spy, a nurse, and in her elder years she was a freaking suffragette! I think the lantern casting light in the darkness is about the best depiction of the woman there could be. Of course, you'd probably have her in a too short, too tight gold dress with chandelier earrings holding a champagne flute and talking like Betty Boop because that is the type of shallow female you admire. You wouldn't know a real woman if one stepped on you. Fool.

227 days ago


Bc he honestly didn't know the likeness was dead on. Ps. So over black history month. It's racist against all other nationalities where is chineese month. Mex month. Jew month. I'm sick of white people today being treated as if it was us enslaving people or keeping the black man down. My children shouldn't be subject to such racism bc they are white.

227 days ago


Nick does not speak for this black woman. Thank you google for even acknowledging black history month! I will take the minds at google over Nick Cannon ANY DAY!!

227 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Woman all over the world cover their heads with scarves.

227 days ago


How is it racist to sketch a lady that notoriously wore a do-rag, with a do-rag?? It's hard to stop racism when sensitivity is so out of control. I think it's more racist for nick cannon to even THINK this was racist, than the doodle actually was... Nick cannon is racist for thinking a do-rag is racist...

227 days ago


People gripe no matter what happens so who cares?

227 days ago

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

I bet mofo tried his darnest to delete that.

227 days ago
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