RICHMOND, Va. — Now that the Internet exists, it’s possible to find out about someone who’s furious over just about anything. For example, the Huffington Post reports that there’s a controversy brewing in response to the new design for the Starbucks Coffee holiday cups. And, surprisingly, the controversy in question has nothing to do with the fact that the holiday theme totally skips over Thanksgiving cheer.
The growing issue is that the seasonal cups aren’t Christmas-y enough — despite some very obvious arguments to the contrary. The color red doesn’t have much significance within the months of November and December besides the recognition of this festive time, and the designs are still in honor of the “holiday season.”
Andrea Williams, who runs a U.K. organization called Christian Concern, tells right wing blog Brietbart that by changing the cups from a design that in the past has included snowflakes, Christmas tree ornaments, and other overt references to the holiday to a plain ombre red, denies “The great Christian heritage behind the American Dream.”
Williams goes on to say that “This also denies the hope of Jesus Christ and His story told so powerfully at this time of year.”
Starbucks vice president of design Jeffrey Fields says the new cups are meant to embrace “the simplicity and the quietness” of the holiday season.
Hey, don’t worry, coffee fans. Your favorite recipes of the coffee chain won’t be getting a redesign any time soon.
Those Gingerbread Lattes, Peppermint Mochas, and Eggnog flavored anything should be more than enough to give Christmas — and your stomach — the two months of holiday spirit that it so desperately deserves.