Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Starbucks Holiday Cup Controversy

The controversial 2015 Holiday
Starbucks Cup
As most people know, starbucks releases a "Holiday Cup" every year around, well, the Holidays. It's usually got some holiday-esque look on it, like perhaps a snowman or some snowflakes or whatever, but they decided this year that they want to go with something simple. Now, apparently this hasn't been going over well because people are up in arms over the fact that it has no specific design on the cup. Some people are acting like this is Starbucks taking some sort of stance against Christianity.
"When the cups rolled out in late October, Starbucks (SBUX) vice president Jeffrey Fields said the company "wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories."
Joshua Feuerstein, a former pastor who calls himself a "social media personality," took exception.
He posted a video to Facebook on November 5 that went viral. Feuerstein criticizes Starbucks for removing "Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus.
I really just don't get it. It's JUST a cup. If you don't like the cup, ask them for another one, or bring your own if you can. You could even use your imagination and draw your own design on the cup if it's that important to you.
Also, I mean, if THIS of all things is threatening to your religion, perhaps you should check your faith. A cup cannot shake someone's faith or mess with someone's faith unless they allow it to. It's just a tool used for drinking a beverage. It never had Christian symbols on it in the first place, it was just general Holiday Season designs. Snowmen, snowflakes, reindeer (which is a real animal, not a Christmas animal that only exists for "Santa") are all just designs that represent this time of year, not specifically Christmas.
"Feuerstein encouraged customers to say "Merry Christmas" instead of their names in order to "trick" baristas into writing the phrase on the cup. He said to use "#MerryChristmasStarbucks" to post photos online."
It's just such a ridiculous thing to make an issue out of.
Donald Trump is even suggesting people BOYCOTT Starbucks. Over a cup. A presidential candidate, who should not only be focusing on his campaign, but ACTUAL ISSUES, is suggesting people boycott Starbucks over a simple red cup.

Honestly, of ALL the religions in the world, which are JUST as important as Christianity, Christians come off as being the most sensitive, self-righteous, and entitled religious group. I'm not generalizing either because I know there are Christians who like this cup and their faith and religion aren't disturbed by such trivial "matters" and controversies, but there are so many, too many, Christians who make a big deal out of nothing.


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