By Tiffany Lee
Furious Christians have gathered to fight against alleged anti-Christianity, brought about by the infamous red cup. But since the majority of Christians peacefully sip their lattes, the ones teeming with anger seem almost illogical.
According to evangelists like Joshua Feuerstein, whose Facebook video has been viewed over 16 million times, Starbucks “wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups; that’s why they’re just plain red.” Basically, Feuerstein and other like-minded Christians believe that previous years’ designs, with symbols like pine trees, snowflakes and snowmen, accurately represent Christ and Christmas. However, such symbols aren’t particularly mentioned in the Bible, rendering the argument invalid. Starbucks still heavily represents Christmas, as the franchise has advent calendars and Christmas coffee blends in every store.
The viral video started a movement, in which angry Christians go to Starbucks stores, order a festive drink and claim their name is “Merry Christmas” to trick the baristas into following Christianity. But perhaps a standard boycott would’ve been more effective, as these believes of Christ have actually fooled themselves into giving the franchise both money and publicity.
Battling the trending #MerryChristmasStarbucks started by Feuerstein, many Christians and other people in general started another trending hashtag: #ItsJustACup. According to USA Today, the people standing behind this hashtag believe there are simply bigger issues in the world to be worried about, claiming the cup is a “first-world problem.” They also acknowledge that a cup doesn’t define an entire religion, because it’s just a cup.
Perhaps Starbucks’ inclusivity bothers some Christians because Christianity isn’t the only religion in the spotlight anymore. Regardless, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists have never created such a large fuss over their lack of representation in Starbucks cups, maybe because, like mentioned before, there are bigger problems in the world to worry about, like the recent attacks of terrorism and racism. The exaggerated outrage sadly makes a mockery of the religion itself, not the cup.