The Deal with the Red Cups

Haven’t you heard? Everybody’s talking about it.

Everybody’s favorite (yet ridiculously overpriced) go-to cafe: Starbucks. Especially during this time of the year, Starbucks surprises us with amazing drinks that are just right for the season. And an extra something that comes with its warm, cozy drinks are their ever so Christmas-y cup designs with snowflakes and reindeers. However, this Christmas, Starbucks decided to take a different route. A rather orthodox one, at that. As Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of Design & Content mentioned,

“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cup designs. This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”


Quite beautiful. Am I right, or am I right? But we can’t always have everybody impressed and satisfied. The word is out that some people are absolutely horrified by this reveal. Sure, it’s different from the traditional Starbucks cup designs, but what’s so bad about this minimalistic look they’re rocking? Well, apparently, the fact that their designs no longer feature cliché Christmas symbols are making Christians go insane.

Even Donald Trump is concerned about this “issue”, suggesting boycotting Starbucks over their new holiday cup design. As he said during his campaign event in Springfield, Illinois,

“Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks.”

And indeed, offended Christians are boycotting…each in their own way. Many of them are seen posting pictures of Starbucks drinks they have purchased. The only thing is, they haven’t been using their true names when doing so. They’ve all been telling their baristas that their names are “Merry Christmas” so that all of their cups have the words “Merry Christmas” written on them. This whole trend was started by Joshua Feuerstein, who is—surprise surprise—also a Christian. He apparently believes that “Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus,” and he has convinced hundreds of others to join him on his so called journey, under the hashtag, #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKS.

Of course, we must consider the other side of the spectrum: those who really couldn’t care less about the cup, and just want their morning coffee.

Come on guys, they’re just cups. The rationale that Starbucks hates Christians and Christmas because they changed their holiday cup design is absolutely bizarre. Starbucks most definitely does not hate Christmas (why else would they have carols on loop at their cafes since October), and neither do they hate a specific group of people. And to make such assumptions because of what they decide to put on their cups is absurd. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Let’s just enjoy our drinks, and be thankful that the year is almost over!

– Leona Maruyama (’17)

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