‘Tis the season to be offended!
Some Christians have taken to social media to protest Starbucks’ annual red holiday cup over its lack of overt Christmas iconography.
This year, Starbucks decided to break with tradition and go for a simple shade of red free of any designs in order to embrace “all of our holiday stories.” Over the last 6 years, the coffee chain has embellished the cups with winter decorations, like snowflakes, stars, snowmen, and ice skaters.
“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,” Starbucks vice president of Design & Content, Jeffrey Fields, said in a press release. “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” he added. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it,” and called it a “more open way to usher in the holiday.”
Leading the charge against the “Jesus hating” coffee chain’s war on Christmas, is Arizona pastor Joshua Feuerstein.
The anti-gay preacher has shared a Facebook video, which has already been viewed by 13 million people, in which he falsely claims that Starbucks’ employees are “banned from saying Merry Christmas” and removed all signs of the Christian holiday from their cups because they apparently “hate Jesus.”
Feuerstein also encouraged his followers to go to their local Starbucks, order a coffee and when the barista asks for their name, say it’s “Merry Christmas,” so they are “tricked” into writing it on the cups.
Contrary Feuerstein’s claims, Starbucks will still sell its “Christmas Blend” coffee, will sell gift cards with holiday symbols and will also sell Advent calendars.
Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus … SO I PRANKED THEM … and they HATE IT!!!! #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow –> Joshua Feuerstein
Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015
Check out some of the hilarious tweets tackling the baseless claims that Starbucks is partaking in this fake war on Christmas:
If you're Christian & upset over Starbucks cups, your priorities are out of whack and you don't have enough to do #MerryChristmasStarbucks
— Brian Green-Young (@bgreenyoung) November 8, 2015
#MerryChristmasStarbucks – cause nothing upholds the integrity of your faith like using your religion's holiday greeting as a term of spite
— Kate Hoyt (@KateHoyt3) November 8, 2015
You can't be persecuted by a cup. #MerryChristmasStarbucks
— pocohantas01 (@pocohantas01) November 8, 2015
I can't wait until my life is so carefree, that my biggest concern at the holidays is the color of a coffee cup. #MerryChristmasStarbucks
— PC Gamer Girl (@pcgamergirl) November 8, 2015
— Bryan Trail (@Bryan_Trail) November 8, 2015
— Brenda (@KarmaHappenz) November 8, 2015
#MerryChristmasStarbucks Leave it to Americans to get pissed off about a coffee cup without snowflakes on it.
— Notre Kane (@Brythemusicguy) November 8, 2015
If you need a coffee chain to be your ambassador of Christ you need to re-examine your relationship with God #MerryChristmasStarbucks
— Nicole Gibson (@NinjasandtheLaw) November 8, 2015