Starbucks has come to play an integral part of our culture here in America and the impact that this establishment creates is exponential.
There are thousands of Starbuck stereotypes that flood our day to day lives. A Starbucks drink in your had equates a level of coolness that is unsurpassable by a cup of normal joe from any other coffee house. People expect you to be able to order an upside down caramel macchiato with extra whipped cream an extra shot of espresso and a drizzle of raspberry syrup with no hesitation. It’s gotten to the point where the words Starbucks and coffee are interchangeable.
This idolization of Starbucks has led to the development of a seemingly pointless controversy over their new holiday season red cups.
In years past Starbucks has gotten an unbelievable amount of complaints and negative publicity for their Christmas specific holiday cups. This year in an attempt to pacify the public Starbucks simplified their holiday cups to one adorned with nothing but a bright festive red.
Starbucks’ attempt to avoid controversy ended up backfiring, however, due to the public’s nit picky attitude and unhealthy obsession over minute, insignificant details.
People have now taken an extreme point of view and are doubting the purpose behind this simple act. Tabloids, Twitter and other news media are blowing up with the idea that “Starbucks Hates Jesus.” The petty argument by these obsessive followers is that Starbucks removed the word Christmas from their cup in an act of hatred against Christianity.
Donald Trump, a presidential candidate, even went so far as to say “Maybe we should boycott Starbucks.” The fact that a man whose words carry so much weight would make a comment on such an insignificant issue shows just how out of hand America’s obsession with Starbucks has gone.
There are people half away around the world that are struggling to even get a sip of water and yet many Americans, including our potential future President, are intensely focused on the meaning behind the decoration of an insignificant cup that holds their overcomplicated, ridiculous frippery.
The removal of the word Christmas on a cup does not add to Starbucks’ love or lack thereof of Jesus and should be evaluated this harshly let alone evaluated at all.