This year’s annual “War on Christmas” is off to a roaring start as Starbucks unwittingly fired the “first shot” by not printing snowflakes or reindeer on their cups, but instead resorted to a simple, plain, red cup. For shame! The cups released in early November garnered great concern among the class of Christians who avoid any theological concepts that don’t comfortably fit on a license plate frame.
The movement to “boycott Starbucks” is led by self-described “social media personality,” and angry Christian Joshua Feuerstein who says the absence of symbols on the simple red cups proves that Starbucks hates Christians. In an effort to fire back at the anti-Christian Starbucks, Feuerstein developed an ingenious method of “tricking” Starbucks into putting the name on his cup – he’s telling baristas that his name is “Merry Christmas” so that they are forced to write it on the cup themselves! (On a personal note, he’s as likely to find that the person behind the counter spells his name “Mary Crismas.” – Mikel)
According to the Starbucks VP of Design & Content, Jeffrey Fields, the design was not intended to offend. “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
The story attracted a large amount of media attention, to the point where Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky wrote a satirical column in which he lamented the fact that Chevrolet is not releasing a Christmas edition of the Silverado truck.
Fortunately, most Christians are dismissive of the anti-Starbucks campaign, with their sentiments best described by Twitterer Brian Green-Young who published the following tweet:
If you’re Christian & upset over Starbucks cups, your priorities are out of whack and you don’t have enough to do #MerryChristmasStarbucks
– Brian Green-Young (@bgreenyoung) November 8, 2015