I just had to weigh in on this Starbucks Red Cup Controversy. At first I thought it was a silly topic to ruffle feathers over, but apparently it was important enough to get media attention and start a whole radio conversation over. There must be Something to it.
Last week, on my way to work I was listening to the radio and they talked about how many customers had complained about the holiday red cup design. Many people said that it was a shot at Christianity that Starbucks was taking away the holiday spirit by not decorating their cups with holiday-like designs. One individual went as far to say that “Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups that’s why they are plain red.” He also said that Starbucks does not allow their employees to say “Merry Christmas” so when they ask him for his name to write on his cup he says his name is “Merry Christmas.”
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I saw the plain red cup. I liked the fall addition of Starbucks cup which was white with colorful fall leaves. There is something festive about having a decoratively ornate cup. At the same time, I do not think that the spirit of Christmas should be defined by the design on a coffee cup.
If I had an opportunity to chime in my two cents to the designers of the Starbuck’s cups; I would suggest that we use the plain red cup as a backdrop. We could hold a “cup-decorating” contest and whoever designs the Best cup will have their design featured on next holiday season’s cup.
What would your cup design look like if their were no parameters? Would you feature religious symbols on your cup? I want to hear what your opinion is of this “red cup controversy.”
Until next time Peace, Love, and Joy,