With the Christmas holidays right on the next calendar page, Starbucks has unveiled its new coffee cup for the season of all seasons, according to the Huffington Post on Sunday. But the cup has allegedly provoked unrest among Christians – or has it? The unrest is so bizarre, that some people think Starbucks is up to no good by trying to create its own scandal, of sorts. The new coffee cup that Starbucks claims is upsetting customers is mostly red with the typical green Starbucks logo circled in the foreground. Starbucks’ Christmas-time holiday cups in the past – always being used in the last two months of the year – featured wintry scenes or Christmas-themed graphics such as ornaments and nature scenes and snowflakes. But, it’s no more.
With all that designing being absent this year, Christians are allegedly upset. They aren’t settling for the explanation given by Jeffrey Fields’ – Starbucks’ vice president of design. He claims that by doing away with some of the past holiday flare on the cup, the new non-design is meant to feature the simplicity and the quietness of the season, says Breitbart. Which, naturally, provokes a ‘gotchya’ moment by asking the obvious question: who asked for simplicity and quietness during the holiday season? Definitely not Christmas shoppers wired on caffeine.
If you can believe everything you read on social media – not that everyone can, of course – the simplistic red cup is being considered an oppression of Christians by some people. The Breitbart article about the red cups at Starbucks this holiday season asserts that the coffee shops are engaging a war on Christmas. The piece’s title went as far as to say that Starbucks’ red cups are emblematic of the Christian culture cleansing of the West. But yet, there are saying that such a move as a coffee shop changing its white coffee cups to red for the holiday season really wouldn’t upset Christian coffee-drinkers. There may be a bigger segment of society who is more skeptically-concerned of it being an inside job in which Starbucks is trying to boost sales via a bogus Christian concern. Starbucks workers would probably argue that they don’t need to pull such a stunt to sell joe. And one would logically think that Christians are much too busy preparing for the holidays to care what their coffee is served. It would seem that their only concern would be that their caffeinated beverage of choice is just ready when they need it so they can stay warm and awake.
Speaking of stunts, are they still writing stuff on coffee cups and trying to engage customers in weird-topic conversations? I really don’t know. Personally, I like McDonald’s coffee – and am too busy bugging the McDonald’s staff instead of worrying about Starbucks’ cups. Yes, I’m still trying to get McDonald’s to put McGarbage cans in its drive-thrus so one won’t see McDonald’s McDebris for a four-block radius or more around every McDonald’s in the McUniverse. There ought to be a law – but that’s another story for another time.