Several Christian groups have launched viral attack campaigns against Starbucks.
Those groups believe the company’s traditional red holiday cups have stripped out any trace of Christianity… and they have!
This year’s red holiday cups are devoid of images of both Christmas and Jesus Christ himself. The new cup, which is shades of red with the Starbucks logo, showed up in stores late last month.
“Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus,” wrote Joshua Feuerstein in a viral Facebook post with nearly 10 million views.
In an accompanying video, Feuerstein encourages customers to give their name as “Merry Christmas” to force Starbucks employees to say the phrase.
The movement had caught on by Sunday with the hashtag “MerryChristmasStarbucks” trending on Facebook.
Here’s the annoying protest video:
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
Starbucks has offered special holiday cups since 1997 with designs varying from year to year.
Jeffrey Fields, the company’s vice president of design and content, explained that this year’s design was made as a “more open way to usher in the holidays.”
“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” he said in a press release. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it.”
Come on people… It’s highly overpriced coffee, not a religious statement.