Google Maps is getting sassy.
In a recent radio interview, famous tennis player, Margaret Court, explained that she was boycotting all future Qantas flights in opposition to Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce’s, public support of same-sex marriage. According to Court, “Tennis is full of lesbians. Even when I was playing there were there only a couple there, but those couple that led that took young ones into parties because they liked to be around heroes. What you get at the top is often what you’ll get right through that sport.”
She also equated societal support for transgender rights with “the devil”, “Hitler” and “communism”.
Understandably, the Australian public (well, the progressive portion) were not on board with her comments and many called for the tennis arena named in her honour to be renamed.
Prolific former tennis player, Martina Navratilova, condemned Court’s vitriolic views, saying in an open letter: “It is now clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe.
UPDATE: International acts are taking a stand against Margaret Court
“Her vitriol is not just an opinion. She is actively trying to keep LGBT people from getting equal rights (note to Court: we are human beings, too).”
Navratilova called for the arena to be renamed after Evonne Goolagong. Australian PM, Malcolm Turnbull, offered his lukewarm sentiment that Margaret Court Arena had been named for the player, not the person. Mercifully, it seems the good people of the Internet heeded her call and spammed Google with a name suggestion.
Quick tidbit – This seems easy enough to do, but I’ve been requesting that Google removes their description of my house as a ‘bean sprout supplier’ (which it is not) for years.
When you search for ‘Margaret Court Arena’, Google offers the official name and location, but when the direct search is removed, it pops up with the revised moniker ‘Evonne Goolagong Arena‘.
UPDATE: In a statement given to ABC News, a spokesperson for Google explained that the issue had likely arisen due to Google’s acceptance of user suggestions – Google uses “a wide range of sources, including third-party providers, public sources, and user contributions” helped make their maps all-encompassing, but there was a trade-off. We recognise that there may be occasional inaccuracies that could arise from any of those sources.”
It’s likely that the official name will not be changed, and the Google Maps attributed will be fixed up, but it’s a nice nod to the strength of the Australian public’s support for same-sex marriage legislation.