People on social media are going crazy over Starbucks’ holiday, or lack thereof, cups. People are boycotting, refusing to purchase the coffee chain’s beverages, and throwing a fit all over the internet.
Starbucks has removed all signs of Christmas from this season’s holiday cups. The cups are simply plain red, with the green Starbucks logo. So what’s the big deal?
Joshua Feuerstein, an Arizona-based evangelist, posted a Facebook video accusing Starbucks of removing the Christmas pattern because the company “hates Jesus.” He even went as far as to say he “tricked” Starbucks by telling the barista his name is Merry Christmas, forcing the employee to write the phrase on his cup and call it out when his order was ready. After, people began using #MerryChristmasStarbucks to slam the company on Twitter.
Starbucks said the generic red cup was created so customers could adorn them with their own drawings and holiday messages. However, people are just adding them to the list of other companies that are striking “Christmas” from the holiday season.
Some companies, such as Nordstroms, are vowing not to put up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. Stating they like to celebrate one holiday at a time, the store will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day. More and more stores and businesses are staying closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow their employees to spend time with their families. Costco, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Crate & Barrel, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, American Girl, Barnes and Noble and GameStop have all refused to open their doors to early Black Friday shoppers on Thanksgiving.
The Starbucks Red Cup controversy was extended beyond the internet, when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump got involved. He suggested that the country should boycott against Starbucks, and that if he becomes President, America will be saying “Merry Christmas” again.
Did you forget about the 30% of Americans that are NOT Christians or affiliated with any religion? The people that don’t celebrate Christmas? Didn’t think so. In rebuttal to his announcement, people began using #ItsJustACup to point out there are bigger, more pressing issues that people should be focusing on. Not a silly, disposable cup they are going to throw away in 20 minutes.
The chain’s competitor, Dunkin Donuts, is also seeing a jump in social media interaction. Dunkin also released its holiday cups for the season, but people are having a different reaction. Instead of lashing out, fans are praising the company for their holiday spirit. Though the cups don’t say Merry Christmas, the word “Joy” is featured on the side, surrounded by green and red holiday leaves.
Full House alum, Candace Cameron, said what most of us are thinking about this issue:
“It's a red cup, folks. I don’t remember Starbucks ever being a Christian company, do you? A Santa, a snowflake, some holly, a polar bear, some jingle bells or a plain red cup don’t define Christmas for me as a Christian. My relationship with Jesus does. So, I will joyfully sip on my Starbucks coffee, in a plain red cup, and instead of complaining about the lack of decorations, I will lovingly share the good news of Jesus Christ with friends and co-workers or anyone who’s willing to engage in conversation.”
Well said, grownup Dj Tanner, well said.