2020 sucked hard. A year ago, Google decided to skip the tradition of elaborate jokes from April, due to, you know, a worldwide pandemic that killed millions of people. A year later things look up – I get my first dose of vaccine tomorrow! – but it’s far from over. So maybe it̵
Insider cites an internal Google note that interrupts its jokes for 2021. The report quotes Google VP of Global Marketing Marvin Chow:
… With much of the world still struggling with serious challenges, we feel we should once again stop joking for April Fools’ Day this year. As we did last year, we should continue to find the right ways to provide moments of joy to our users throughout the year (eg Doodles, Easter eggs, etc.).
Google did not specifically confirm the internal email, but a statement from Chow reiterated the same sentiment.
Google’s April Fools’ Day projects are part of the technology industry’s legend, and something many people look forward to every year. Alternatively, many people believe that the technology industry’s increasingly elaborate celebrations are indulgent and more than a little tired. Google was not the only company that decided to skip April Fools’ Day 2020, but others are already back on it in 2021, as Volkswagen’s weird and premature “Voltswagen” campaign.
As vaccine distribution accelerates and the United States and other affluent countries begin to turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is worth reminding readers that the total world population may not be vaccinated for another two years. There is no guarantee that the jokes will return in 2022.