Starbucks holiday cups have made their debut, and a Christian pastor’s video against Starbucks for “hating Jesus” has already been seen by 12,000,000 viewers. As the responses to the video show, pastor Feuerstein’s call for a boycott or prank against Starbucks is backfiring.
As reported by CNN Money on November 8, the Starbucks holiday cups controversy was sparked by Joshua Feuerstein, a former pastor whose video against Starbucks has received more than 12,000,000 views. Feuerstein’s video is accompanied with the words, “Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus … SO I PRANKED THEM … and they HATE IT!!!!”
According to pastor Feuerstein, the lack of a Christian Christmas symbol on the new Starbucks holiday cups is a statement against Jesus and Christmas. The pastor’s so-called prank includes telling Starbucks employees that the customer’s name is “Merry Christmas,” thus forcing them to write “Merry Christmas” on their cups.
According to Starbucks vice president Jeffrey Fields, the new design of the holiday cups has nothing to do with hating or being against anything. The holiday cups, which rolled out in late October, are merely designed for a broader customer spectrum. The company “wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories,” Fields said.
In response to the Starbucks holiday cups controversy and his 12,000,000 viewers, Feuerstein wrote the following under the video: “I think Starbucks has gotten the message that the Christian majority in this country has awakened and are demanding that our voice be heard.”
Calling the Starbucks holiday cups controversy “hullabaloo” reflects the humorous and insightful responses Feuerstein got for his uproar:
“Sometimes I think I’m being punked when I read about stuff like this. Are there really Christians who are upset by red cups at Starbucks? I watched a ridiculous video by Joshua Feuerstein, and I was thinking,’Is this guy for real?’ I had to look him up to make sure it wasn’t satire. I guess the joke is on me.Christian friends, if you are going to be upset over red holiday cups that never had Christian symbols on them to begin with and not being wished a Merry Christmas at stores? If you think this is persecution? Please unfriend me. Make sure that you message me and tell me why. Peace and goodwill to all!”
“I work at starbucks, and I am a Christian. if someone tells me merry Christmas I surely will tell them it back lol. I’m a southern gal with manners, but you are nothing but a man trying to raise commotion with anything and everything you see for popularity. it’s pretty pathetic in my opinion. this is actually why people hate Christians and give Christians a bad name. plus, calling out merry Christmas before thanksgiving is pretty dumb. it wasn’t a ‘trick’ lol plus you bought coffee there. if someone gave me that for a name I would just call out the drink. some trick.”
“This is ridiculous I work at a Starbucks and I know for a fact that the company didn’t change the cups because they hate Jesus. This is so dumb but whatever have your crazy movement and look like idiots.”
“Dude. Respect other people’s religions or lack thereof. Starbucks is a coffee shop, not a g*ddamn church.”
“This irks me. Not because I am offended about the cups but because people are actually boycotting a business for NOT putting Christmas pictures on their cups. What if I decided to not decorate my house? You gonna boycot me too?”
“Just so you know they didn’t take merry Christmas off their cups because they hate Jesus (merry Christmas never was on the cups) but they have plain red cups for the vintage vibes of the first year they change the cups red for the holidays. Please learn the history of the franchise before going off about something you CLEARLY know absolutely nothing About.”
“You are misinformed. I work at Starbucks and there hasn’t been anything innately Christmas on the cups in years. Sure there have been snowflakes, scarves, and snowmen, but they haven’t said the word Christmas on them since I’ve worked here. We even have a Christmas blend coffee. You are making an issue out of nothing. Plus, how are you hurting Starbucks by encouraging people to spend money there? I’ll write whatever you want on the cup, just pay for it.”
Feuerstein’s Starbucks holiday cups boycott or prank is backfiring among Christians and non-Christians. While many point out that beginning the holiday season before Thanksgiving might be a bit too early, others say that the whole “Starbucks holiday cups hullabaloo” has reminded them to go back to a place they haven’t been to in a long time – Starbucks.