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TOPIC: Why Is the Starbucks Cup Even A Topic For Debate?

Why Is the Starbucks Cup Even A Topic For Debate? 08 Nov 2015 22:30 #8432

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Since a lot of you are students, I'm sure you've gone to Starbucks recently, or at least you've seen someone holding a Starbucks drink, and you know that the holiday cups are back for the holiday season.

Starbucks decided to make this years cup designs very simplistic yet bold, and instead of adding snow flakes or mistletoe, the simply made their cups bright red -- no design. Even though the older designs had nothing to do with Christmas specifically, the simple design offended many Christians who resorted to expressing their dissatisfaction on social media. According to the most popular posts on Twitter, many Christians interpreted the new design as a step away from Christmas traditions. Many posts mentioned that Starbucks changed their design because they are becoming "too liberal" and are "ashamed of representing Christianity".

Personally, I think this whole thing is a HUGE misunderstanding and I don't see why Christians feel so targeted. As I mentioned before, most of their previous designs have to do with winter and not specifically with Christmas. I mean, they never had the nativity scene on the cups, at least not that I remember. So why are people digging way, way deeper into this whole cup thing? Starbucks has sold Santa Clause shaped sugar cookies and has promoted the old tale of Santa Clause, and I know that goes against Christianity, but no one seemed to make such a big fuss about the cookies?

I'm just very curious as to HOW exactly this started. Who started it? And, more importantly, why? Was it really to defend Christianity? What do you think?
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Why Is the Starbucks Cup Even A Topic For Debate? 22 Nov 2015 21:31 #8604

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I don’t go to Starbucks very often, so when I heard their was some drama over red cups, I assumed it was because they said something Christmasy on them and that non-Christians were upset that they were being excluded or something. I was really surprised when I found out that people were upset the cups DIDN’T say anything on them. It seems ridiculous to me that people would be upset over this. Why do they feel Starbucks needs to represent their religion? How would that be fair to anyone else?
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Why Is the Starbucks Cup Even A Topic For Debate? 22 Nov 2015 21:50 #8608

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Coming from a non-Christian background I am happy that there is a holiday cup rather than a solely Christmas themed one. I get why some people might be upset, but clearly these people have to get over themselves. It's only a cup that's changed, it's not like the whole coffee experience is going to be any different. I personally think it is a step forward for Starbucks to initiate the red cup, and maybe other places of business will take a cue. I don't want to sound anti-holiday, but I am for the red cup 100%.
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Why Is the Starbucks Cup Even A Topic For Debate? 22 Nov 2015 22:34 #8616

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Personally I think the cups are still plenty festive, even without a design it's still obviously for the holidays. Like you said I think it's really just a misunderstanding , and even if it wasn't, why should it be this big of a deal. With all the Christmas centered promotions/themes/ect. that are already happening , is the design on a coffee cup that important.
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