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On Independence Day, Google desecrates Greek flag

Some Greeks seem to think any portrayal of Greece by a foreign company is good, even a desecration

On March 25th, Greek Independence Day, Greece once again became the punching bag of the globalists.

On a day when the country’s independence, freedom, and flag are celebrated, Google, the company that touts a slogan of “don’t be evil” and which claims to support “net neutrality” while censoring content it disagrees with politically on its search platform and on YouTube, saw fit to make a mockery of the Greek flag while pushing its globalist agenda, creating a special logo containing the Greek flag’s blue and white stripes, but with the cross omitted.

Despite Google’s best efforts to inject some symbolism into their special Greek Independence Day logo through the insertion of a pair of “tsarouchia” (the shoes said to have been worn by the Greek rebel fighters in the Revolution against the Ottoman Turks), the alteration of the Greek flag is both insulting and disrespectful to the Greek nation and to its history.

Unfortunately though, some media outlets viewed this as a cause for celebration — reflecting a commonly-held mentality amongst Greeks both within and outside of Greece that any depiction of anything Greek by any foreign media outlet or entity is a positive. Even when that depiction is a desecration of the country’s most sacred symbol.

This is not an isolated incident. German supermarket chain Lidl, one of the biggest such retailers in Greece and one which is known for its constant recalls of its low-quality and nutritionally questionable products (such as this recent recall), introduced a “stamp” featuring the blue and white stripes of the Greek flag but with the cross omitted, in 2016.

 

Despite the best efforts of the Greek version of the discredited Snopes, “Ellinika Hoaxes,” evidence from Lidl’s own advertisement shows their “revised” Greek flag — or stamp, if you will — in all its glory.

In another similar case from 2017, Nestle removed the cross from the illustration of a Greek church, on the packaging of its “Greek” yogurt, sold in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe. Greek dairy manufacturer Mevgal has, since 2012, also depicted illustrations of domed Greek churches with their cross missing. According to Mevgal, this is an artistic depiction and the removal of the cross was not made with religious criteria in mind.

In still another recent incident, Apple removed Easter and other Christian holidays from the iPhone’s calendar feature, but did not remove other non-Christian religious holidays. Following a backlash, holidays such as Easter were quietly reinserted into the calendar.

To phrase it differently: where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And one does not need to be fervently religious or patriotic to notice or to be concerned.

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