WASHINGTON — Starbucks’ red holiday cups are upsetting some Christians who say the plain red design is void of any spirit and is a sign of the war on Christmas.
The controversy was sparked by a former pastor’s video posted to Facebook on Nov. 5 in which he claims the cups are too politically correct.
“Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus … SO I PRANKED THEM … and they HATE IT!!!! #share
Use #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKS,” Joshua Feuerstein captioned the video that has since been shared nearly 450,000 times.
In previous years, ornaments, snowmen, reindeer and other holiday symbols have been on Starbucks’ holiday cups.
Starbucks vice president Jeffrey Fields said this year the company “wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
Many agree with Feuerstein and have followed his direction to use #MerryChristmasStarbucks on social media.
But just as many have used the hashtag to disagree, saying, it’s just a cup.https://twitter.com/Delta_Dream7/status/663707470938927104 https://twitter.com/Jenblue88/status/663695809347719168
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