A lot of people are seeing red after drinking from Starbucks’ new holiday cups. But it doesn’t have anything to do with their solid-coloured shade.
The coffee chain unveiled its new holiday cup design late last month, and we already reported that we thought it was pretty boring. The company describes it as a “two-toned ombré design, with a bright poppy color on top that shades into a darker cranberry below,” but really it looks like one of those red, plastic cups that you likely drank out of back in your college partying days.
At the very least, one would assume that selecting a cup like that, while boring, would at least be a safe bet, right? After all, how could people possibly get offended over a simple, minimalistic, boring old red cup?
Yeah, well…about that.
“The Starbucks coffee cup change smells more of political correctness than a consumer-led change,” U.K. Tory MP David Burrowes told Breitbart London. “What is it about Christmas that Starbucks are afraid of celebrating? Haven’t they heard it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the season of good will to ALL men? They should get involved and stop being scrooges.”
That’s right, Burrowes believes Starbucks has gone and declared war on Christmas…with cups. And he’s not the only one.
Some people actually plan on boycotting the store
What a DISGRACE Starbucks has become over the years. I hope their business goes by way of the RED CUPS… https://t.co/XPXlbhUtOD
— Drew Disciple (@DREWDISCIPLE) November 5, 2015
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@peddoc63) November 5, 2015
No snowflakes=no business
— James (@jager2020) November 6, 2015
— Franci (@LadySandersfarm) November 6, 2015
But isn’t red a Christmas colour?!
— The Patriot (@ThePatriot143) November 5, 2015
If you still buy starbucks coffee and you call yourself a Christian, then you are part of the problem. https://t.co/Bgn4OISWcB
— Hal9000 (@hal2012) November 9, 2015
My Christmas mentality: If a store won’t promote Christmas re Starbucks, I’m not spending my hard earned money there https://t.co/dfNTiwSojI
— Chuck Nellis (@ChuckNellis) November 5, 2015
Some people just seem confused about the whole thing
I think there are bigger issues than your crappy, overpriced coffee chain not loving Jesus enough. https://t.co/radjPdk2r7
— Ryan S. (@ryansouth21) November 9, 2015
As a Christian, I can tell you that the color of Starbucks cups have nothing to do with Jesus, the gospel, or Christianity. They are cups.
— MICHAEL (@MCastroMusic) November 9, 2015
Others were quick to point out some flaws in the argument
Starbucks is sooooo anti-Christian that… you can buy an advent calendar… /s pic.twitter.com/bYLDjKmqXP
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 8, 2015
But this guy was just dropping truth all over the place
As you ignore the cold homeless guy sitting outside Starbucks, please be sure to complain about the ‘non-christian’ red cup of $5 coffee.
— My Daughter’s Army (@mydaughtersarmy) November 9, 2015
It just goes to show: Christmas should be about a lot more than some coffee chain’s newest cup.