In an effort to not offend anyone, Starbucks has managed to cause a great controversy! Unlike previous years designs which included stars, snowflakes or snowmen, this year’s holiday cup is just a red cup. This has outraged many people who see this as an attack on Christianity.
Starbucks released it’s holiday cup on November first. The issue was first raised on November 5th by social media personality Joshua Feurstein, who declared the red cup as an attack on Christ. Media outlets and social media have blown up in response, even Donald Trump addressed the issue at a Rally in Illinois by proposing, “Maybe we should boycott Starbucks”. In less than 5 days, the red cup controversy became one of the top stories in the US – taking the focus away from larger issues.
This controversy caught Starbucks by surprise, who quickly released a statement on November 8, “Starbucks is inviting customers to create their own stories with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas.” And that’s exactly what happened! People responded en masse on social media and were quick to defend the red cup and criticize those who wee offended by it. Take a look at the following images that perfectly summarize just how ridiculous the #waronchristmas actually is.
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