Starbucks is in hot water with Evangelical Christians this week!
If you’ve seen #MerryChristmasStarbucks trending, you may have thought people were being festive. But it turns out it’s kind of an angry “MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
And it’s all over the new holiday cups (above).
It seems to have all started when a former Arizona pastor named Joshua Feuerstein dropped a video putting the coffee giant on blast for the look of their simply red containers.
Feuerstein, who made the news by protesting same-sex marriage with an assault rifle in a wild video rant back in June, believes the design is too secular.
And apparently that is enough to prove the Seattle-based company is communicating that “they hate Jesus.”
If you can stand it, we’ll let Joshua himself explain his, um, campaign (below) mixed in with an AMAZING (not really) prank and even a concealed weapon for good measure:
Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus … SO I PRANKED THEM … and they HATE IT!!!! #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow –> Joshua Feuerstein
Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015
Perhaps the scariest part is that this “outrage” is actually catching on with other Christians around the country!
In response, Starbucks posted a press release explaining their decision to go with the mostly blank red cups:
“Creating a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity is one of the core values of Starbucks, and each year during the holidays the company aims to bring customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season. Starbucks will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world … This year’s design is another way Starbucks is inviting customers to create their own stories with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas.”
Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks’ vice president of design and content, added:
“This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
What do YOU think about Starbucks’ new all-red, no-design, no-theme holiday cups??
[Image via Starbucks.]