Red Starbucks cups spark discussion, outrage

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Starbucks has made a red cup for the holiday season that’s approaching, with the ombre from bright red to dark cranberry. While some Twitter users have praised the minimalist design, others think the cups are a “war on Christmas.”

Junior Ashley Valencia said, “It doesn’t really matter to me. It’s a cup. If anyone has a big issue over the color of a cup than they shouldn’t drink Starbucks.”

People are getting offended about Starbucks stores greeting customers with “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Starbucks made the cup red to creating a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity is one of the core values of Starbucks. Starbucks will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.

“I don’t have a problem with stores saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas, because there are other religions and it’s not just Christmas,” junior Lena Shiplet said. “I think people are being considerate towards others.”

Starbucks actually made the red cups for people who have been doodling on the cups for years, and for others to draw on the red cups and tag their pictures in for a recent contest.

Junior Lela Smith said, “Some of the cups are absolutely beautiful, and I would like to buy one; this is a great idea.”

Starbucks also launched a White Cup Contest in 2014, that encouraged customers to decorate their Starbucks cup in a chance to win their design on a limited edition Starbucks reusable plastic cup.

A new contest called “The Starbucks Partner White Cup Contest” was launched on Dec. 12. Customers are invited to decorate an iconic Starbucks white cup with hand-drawn art, take a photo of the cup, and share it through any social media app using #PartnerCupContest.

Three partner cup designs will be selected and printed on reusable tumblers. The winning tumblers will be available for purchase later this year.

The red cup is for the artsy customers and others to welcome the holidays coming up and to enjoy some coffee.

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