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Why Are People Mad Over The Starbucks Christmas Cups?

The answer will only confuse you. #TeachTheControversy

A "news" story about some controversial Starbucks cups has been making the rounds this weekend, although it's kind of hard to figure out why. Luckily, we're here to help #TeachTheControversy around these belligerence-inducing beverages.

What the hell is going on?
Good question! So, Starbucks introduced their new seasonal cup design. It looks like this:

Wait, really? Who cares?
No, I know. But see the thing is Starbucks seasonal cups used to look like different. Here's last year's design:

Ok...Still not getting it. Why are people mad?

See how the cups used to have pine leaves and snowflakes on them? Now they don't. People are really mad about it.

It started when Fox News ran the piece as part of their seasonal tradition of creating an imaginary culture war against Christmas.


The idea is that as the country gets taken over by godless heathens (Muslims, feminists, queers, and other minorities and nefarious types), the values of good Christians are being diminished, as evidenced by the slow disappearance of specific iconographies like snowflakes.

But snowflakes and trees don't really have anything to do with Christianity?

Right! But people are still mad because Christmas is, in their minds, less Christmas-y now.

But wasn't Christmas stuff on sale since, like, way before Halloween? I'm pretty sure I saw Christmas cards on sale in like, late August? Christmas stuff is everywhere! Always! This is totally made up!
Yeah, no, yup. You get it.
So what are people even saying about this?

Well, this guy claimed that Starbucks hates Jesus on Facebook. His post has around 500,000 shares:

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

That's a lot of shares!
WHAT?! That guy went into Starbucks with a gun to protest the lack of Christmas? And isn't he inadvertantly supporting a company he claims to hate by "tricking" them into writing Christmas on their products?

Yes to all those questions.

Ok, I'm going to go do something else now. This is stupid.
Yeah, that's probably a good idea.

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