Starbucks recently unveiled their iconic christmas-time-only red cups for 2015, and even though they were pretty much completely plain – they still managed to offend.
At first glance, it just seems sleek and totally in line with the ombre craze of this year, right?
The company’s designers explained that they went for a minimalist look “with a bright poppy colour on top that shades into a darker cranberry below”, which they claim gives the cup a “weightless” feel. We’re not so sure about that, but each to their own.
But it definitely differs from previous cups, which is probably what they were going for.
— Starbucks News (@Starbucksnews) November 13, 2014
And it’s the plain-ness of the cups that’s the problem, apparently.
The new cups fail to mention anything related to Christmas.
Conservative MP David Burrowes told Breitbart London that “The Starbucks coffee cup change smells more of political correctness than a consumer-led change.”
Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute told them:
“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.”
And people are actually really furious about it.
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
— Leah (@Hael381) November 5, 2015
@RevDaniel Why would we give our money to a retailer stupid enough to deny the true origin of Christmas? Skip the red cup altogether then.
— Paula B. (@PaulaB14) November 7, 2015
Others, not so much. Well, they are quite angry – but not for the same reason.
I assume people mad about starbucks cups need to literally hold a cup that advocates Christianity because their actions clearly don’t
— Lauren DeStefano (@LaurenDeStefano) November 8, 2015
“every christmas, the family gathers round the festive starbucks cup and sings hymns to celebrate the birth of our lord”
— del? (@miimows) November 8, 2015
TIL that Starbucks is rounding Christians up into coffee death camps and making them drink Pagan Spice Lattes. https://t.co/yzVooiNEUQ
— Mark Jaquith (@markjaquith) November 7, 2015
What do you think about the cups? Let us know in the comments