Coffee cups provided blank canvas of controversy

Coffee cups provided blank canvas of controversy


Coffee cups provided blank canvas of controversy



Let me give you a scenario:

Your friend is having a holiday party at his/her house. Your friend offers you a warm beverage somewhere along the lines of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. To your horror, your warm beverage is presented to you in a plain red cup. How could this be?! This is a holiday party! There should be Christmas-themed cups! How could your friend dare to think that it is acceptable to have non-Christmas-themed cups at a holiday party?!

An overpowering rage surges through your body. There is no other choice than for you to tell everyone that your friend (now ex-friend because, lets be real here, who would want to stay friends with you after something this stupid?) must HATE Jesus because he/she does not own a Christmas-themed mug.

After telling everyone that your friend is an avid Jesus hater and is trying to convert everyone into Jesus haters as well, you make a plan. A plan so devious, that everyone will now be forced to acknowledge that beverage containers are at the core of your religious belief.

You’ve decided to tell everyone at the party to take out a sharpie and write “Merry Christmas” on his/her cup. You’ve decided that now every time you see your ex-friend, that you’re going to take his/her cup and write “Merry Christmas” all over it.

Why are you doing this, you may ask? Because you’re being an idiotic, problematic, annoying human being who can’t ever be happy.

The End.

Sound familiar?

After Starbucks released their 2015 holiday cup, which is all red in design, you would have thought that on the cup the phrase, “WE HATE JESUS. WE WILL NOT WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS,” was plastered all over the stupid thing by the way that Joshua Feuerstein, a media evangelist, reacted.  Feuerstein posted a video to Facebook after purchasing a beverage at Starbucks. Because of the video, Starbucks’ plain cup has become a major “controversy” and is said to have “killed Christmas”.

Feuerstein’s video consisted of him ranting about how he was going to “trick” Starbucks employees into saying “Merry Christmas” and getting the words “Merry Christmas” onto the cup by telling the barista that his name is Merry Christmas. Not to mention that Starbucks has NEVER written “Merry Christmas” on their cups.

What an amazing “trick” you played, Josh. It’s great, really. In fact, so great, that I almost wish that I came up with it first and went to the Starbucks sales team about it. Because of the video Feuerstein posted, a large amount of people are racing to the closest Starbucks to get their hand on an all red plain cup

In the past years, Starbucks’ holiday cup designs consisted of snowflakes, poinsettias, sled riding, snowmen, and tree ornaments. If people are so bent on having Jesus represented on their cups, why aren’t they asking for a nativity scene or a cross on their cup opposed to ornaments and snowmen? Why hasn’t this been an issue in previous years when there were actual designs on the cup?

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole ordeal was a ploy set into motion by Starbucks’ marketing team. It’s ingenious, really, because now everyone has to have an opinion on it. Starbucks’ red cup has been trending on Twitter for the past week and pictures of “Merry Christmas” written all over the cups are plastered everywhere.

Having gone to Starbucks religiously (pun intended) every Sunday while school is in session, I cannot tell you how many times I have seen someone draw on their cup with his/her own personal designs and doodles. That was what was intended for the cup. Tell your own story. Share your own experiences. These cups promote creativity.

Since when has it been Starbucks’ job to make a cup that is religiously exclusive to you? Starbucks’ job is to make your coffee. That’s it.



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