It's mid-October, and you know what that means: it's time for companies to start preparing for Christmas!
Starbucks Coffee courts controversy every year with their holiday cups, no matter how "holiday-themed" they turn out to be. Past cups have ranged from plain red, to wintry nature scenes, to open references to Christmas.
In 2015, Starbucks' plain red cup led to a boycott from evangelical Christians who believed the company "hated Jesus." It seems they've taken steps to avoid that scenario by including a whimsical Christmas tree and gifts on this cup. Good luck with that.
OMG it doesn't say Merry Christmas, just wait for the Trump backlash.— Squatch (@rbnapier) October 18, 2017
It's a Xmas tree, 2 women holding hands, presents, ribbons, a star, pretty friggin judeo christian to me. As an atheist I'm offended!!🤣— Technoguppy (@Technoguppy) October 21, 2017
It's also possible, of course, that this isn't Starbucks' only design. Last year, they crowd-sourced 13 designs from 13 different women, six of whom were from other countries. Perhaps we've finally reached a point, as a species, where one of these designs will allow us to order a coffee (or not) and go on with our lives without being outraged.
Please call them Christmas cups to pacify the angry fundamentalists who get so bothered. Then maybe they'll sit tight and we get a new POTUS— summergirl (@summergirl505) October 18, 2017