During the holiday season, Starbucks has generally been a contributor to the festivities. This year, however, the chain is facing some backlash from the public for their choice on the Christmas cup décor.
In the past, the cups have had designs on them such as snowflakes, snowmen and tree ornaments.
This year Starbucks kept the cup sans Christmassy decoration and left it plain red with a slight ombre from top to bottom. Christians are taking to social media to protest what some are calling an “outrage.”
One man started the social media controversy, claiming Starbucks’ cup was their attempt to take Christmas out of the holidays. Christians and non-Christians alike have mocked this movement, pointing out the relevance the coffee cup has to Jesus’ birthday – none.
The cup is promoting inclusiveness and non-denominational celebration. Having a plain colored cup is allowing the establishment to celebrate the season with customers from every religion, not just Christians. There seems to be a popular trend of over-sensitivity that America has faced this year, proving the saying that nobody can please everyone to be incredibly accurate.
Is Starbucks’ plain cup design an example of the “war on Christmas” that protesters are claiming it is? I do not think so. It is a cup. It holds hot coffee so customers can have their caffeine to go.
If they had left their cups the same as they are year round, would that be an even bigger sign of Starbucks’ evident want to eliminate the celebration of Christmas? Many are exhilarated to see the seasonal cups. I, for one, say way to go to Starbucks for providing a cup that welcomes all religions to join them in observing the joyous holiday season.