Wait, Why Are People So Pissed Off About These Red Starbucks Cups?

Courtesy of Starbucks
Courtesy of Starbucks

The new Starbucks holiday cups -- a Winter tradition since '97 -- sport a minimalistic two-toned ombré design, with a bright poppy complexion at the top, blending into a darker cranberry tone at the base, anchored with the traditional and recognizable "Starbucks red". Basically, it's a fucking red cup. But that's not stopping people across the United States from being totally pissed off about it. Because really, isn't that what the holidays are all about?

The controversy is this: some people believe our culture is actively engaged in a "War on Christmas," a supposed battle for the heart of the holiday season that rests on the rights of schools/businesses/government buildings to openly celebrate and promote Christmas, specifically, instead of being more inclusive and generic for the sake of those with alternative (or no) affiliated holidays. For instance, saying "Happy Holidays," instead of "Merry Christmas" at the checkout line. Makes sense, right? Seeing as not everyone celebrates Christmas, so it should be difficult to assume they want to be enthusiastically wished a "Merry Christmas," every time they buy a pack of condoms or some tube socks.

Though Starbucks has shied away from directly putting the word Christmas on its cup for years, previous designs have included traditionally Xmas-orientated imagery like trees, snowflakes, and reindeer (none of which have actual religious connotations anyway, but whatever) that are absent in this year's model. Naturally, this made people feel betrayed and furious. So, in a stunning blow to the billion-dollar coffee chain, protesters have started to write "Merry Christmas" on their cups, or, they simply tell the barista that their name is "MerryChristmas," thus birthing the pervasive hashtag, #MerryChristmasStarbucks.

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

But, this is the Internet -- so naturally every passionate Ying has a naysaying Yang, and just as many people have come out on social media decrying the supporters of #MerryChristmasStarbucks as fanatical, ignorant, or just plain silly.

Look at Gail, with the quality burn. #HappyHolidaysGail.

Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. He thinks fortune favors the bold. And also the rich. Follow him @wilfulton

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