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Google Incites Muslim Women to Throw Off Veil – Claim

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Google celebrated Martha Graham’s 117th birthday with an animated doodle. Martha Graham (1894-1991) was a remarkable innovator  of the art of dance and has inspired modern dancers to this day.

The doodle displays specific dance movements by Martha Graham, but, apparently, for many saudis the doodle looked like an incentive for women to take off their veils. As this article in the Saudi gazette explains:

ABHA: Tens of thousands of Saudis have reportedly complained to Internet search engine Google after the company celebrated the 117th birthday of the late “Mother of Modern Dance” Martha Graham with an animated logo depicting dance motions.
Al-Watan Arabic daily reported that the complaints asked Google to remove the images “as a gesture of respect for Muslims’ feelings”, with members of the public saying that they “encouraged Saudi women to remove the veil”.

The “Google doodle”, which depicts a woman casting her veil behind her and starting to dance, was placed on the company’s international zone, and Al-Watan said that complaints from Saudis asked the company to “respect the privacy of its Saudi zone” and remove the images.

Martha Graham was born on May 11, 1894 in Pennsylvania, USA, and received the country’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her lifetime’s work in dance and choreography.

Here is the doodle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whZj-LKtRAE&feature=player_embedded

What do you think? Is this a secret message to Saudi women to throw off their veil? Should the world at large be more circumspect not to offend Muslim feelings?

11 Responses to Google Incites Muslim Women to Throw Off Veil – Claim

  1. Cairo 180 02/08/2011 at 1:29 PM

    No, its not a burqua. Its a Martha Graham costume. Maybe she was inspired by Islam–oh wait, the burqa is reltively new investion. Or should I say innovation.

    http://www.tonyaplank.com/2009/05/17/haunting-lamentation-variations-at-martha-graham-dance-company/

  2. ARAB 31/07/2011 at 7:38 AM

    looking at your comments I can see how mean you people are
    the scarf is like an Islamic symbol to us and you have to respect it
    i dont think that the dancer you are talking about used to wear just like the woman in the logo but it looks exactly like what we wear,,,,
    and i cant show you a burning cross and say ” hey its just two woods dont get mad “!!
    but the big issue here is that u people dont respect others feeling and how insulting it could be to us,, and what make this worse is that some people use such insulting ideas and your stupid comments to creat some freaks out of our good youth and try so bad to revenge…

    • gsw 01/08/2011 at 10:20 AM

      No we don’t. As you do not respect our love of wearing a bikini.

  3. Olga 24/05/2011 at 3:15 PM

    If a Muslim woman wants to cover, an animation of a dancer removing her veil will not encourage her to remove her cover. When someone covers, they do it for God, so whether or not there are a thousand cartoons depicting women to remove the veil, it should not have any impact whatsoever on a person’s intentions or actions. Maybe if the government of Saudi Arabia did not FORCE women to cover, they wouldn’t be so fast to want to remove the veil when they see something like the animation. After all, covering should be a personal decision for a Muslim women. IT SHOULD NOT BE FORCED UPON THEM BY ANYONE!

    • markjuliansmith 25/05/2011 at 11:02 AM

      Sorry they do it for Man – Was it a Womans Revelation which subjugated women to such a State? The fact is it is a Man/God always has been. Man/God exists but God does not for Man gains nothing by God but certainly does by utilizing Man/God as a tawdry authority for Mans timely self-serving Revelations regards women.

      “In Islam, wives are supposed to stop everything to fulfill their husband’s demands.” Malaysian MP tells parliament April 8, 2011 SMH. The article made it plain the MP was in major part talking about sex.

      Reflect on when Mohammed had his Revelations on women and if any related to authorized sex when and with whom he wanted – open your eyes it is a poor joke for which women continue to pay dearly.

  4. Shahrazad 24/05/2011 at 2:07 PM

    As an American Muslimah who CHOOSES the Veil, I say those “tens of thousands” probably said nothing of the sort. This sounds like KSA PROPAGANDA to me! Or, are Saudi men REALLY that insecure?!?

    • steven 25/05/2011 at 1:42 AM

      Yes..!
      Saudi men ARE really that insecure

    • markjuliansmith 06/06/2011 at 4:20 AM

      There is no such thing as freedom only the relative independence nature and fellow humans allow.

      Nobody has the freedom to do anything because freedom does not exist – you are a reflection of the notions you have been taught since childhood – surrounding these are unequivocal boundaries – lets test it – remove the Veil – no reaction what so ever to fall back into place – Right?

    • gsw 01/08/2011 at 10:19 AM

      Listened to a press conference by Andy Chaudry yesterday – all about the sinfulness of women walking about London “half-naked”.
      His whole “women’s bodies are disgusting” rant was – to put it mildly – obscene.
      Maybe these men are just plain wrong-minded, misogynistic megalomaniacs?

      As to the veil – yes it is your right to wear it – however, we feminists find that it also panders to the prejudices of muslim males – and as such is the symbol of a traitor to your gender.
      Sex is not a sin.
      Female bodies are not disgusting.
      Anyone who considers wearing shorts and a t-shirt to be obscene and rape-worthy is very, very sick.

  5. markjuliansmith 24/05/2011 at 6:10 AM

    As a mere Male I have had a timely and this time not self-serving Revelation errr apparently from a Man/God – ‘Women can and will throw of the burqa and veil when where they want’. Now was that difficult?

    I have utilized the same procedure as Mohammed so surely this must be right – except for the ‘not self-serving’ which may be a problem.

    My spiritual credentials are impeccable, even more impressive than Mohammad, who simply heard funny voices in a cave.

    1. Apparently my mother had a vision of the Virgin Mary at my birth – err probably because I was breach, being Catholic and the picture on the wall.

    2. Saved from certain drowning by the hand of Gabriel or was it Michael my brother.

    3. Larking about at a spiritualist meeting with conservative hippy friends a ‘layer on of hands’ saw a white dove above my head whilst a devotee garbled in tongues– mmm to much tea and scones or a pigeon in the belfry.

    There you are the rubber stamp of authority – Man/God or is it simply just a reasonable request for justified equality with Man.

    Change the Text or Change Nothing – or simply the determination of Man through tawdry self-serving Revelations women are worth less continues.

    Oops another Revelation: ‘Women can and will drive when and where they want.

    Other Revelations on request.

  6. victor 23/05/2011 at 7:55 PM

    LOL! These people are funny! I guess if you live your life trying to find reasons to be offended you will more than likely succeed in unlikely situations. Seems to me they would be better off with some introspection and criticism of the hate-filled Islam adherents rather than looking at a Google animation whose creator probably never had the first or last thought about Islam. News to muslims: for the most part nobody thinks about you other than when folk hurt others when shouting “Allahu Akbar” or some such thing. John Lennon was once asked about the existential meanings in some of his songs. He replied: ” I just put some words together that rhyme and some sound good and others don’t. There’s no message.” Same thing applies to you crying ninnies; concentrate on your own actions, not others’.

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