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The Overreaction to Starbucks Cups


On November 1, 2016, Starbucks debuted a green-styled cup. The major first reaction? Outrage. "How dare Starbucks have a green cup when the holidays are always celebrated with a red one?" "How could they have a non-Holiday design on November 1st?" "This is political brainwashing!" And so on.

Honestly, what is wrong with people? Is this what is important to spend our energy on right now? 

Yes, everyone, please go nuts over a cup when one of the most controversial elections ends in a week. Can we please put this energy to good use?

Starbucks' statement on the first of the month stated, "A single line connects the figures. A coffee farmer, a family, a barista, friends embracing. A mosaic of more than a hundred people drawn in one continuous stroke is featured on a new Starbucks green cup."

Nowhere in the statement does anything mention the holidays. A cup that is supposed to discuss unity and being aware of a connection between all humans, people found a way to lash out. When did red cups and holiday designs become more important than human decency and respect to one another?

I personally loved this design by artist Shogo Ota. This design was perfect timing for a country torn apart by politics. This was made to remind humanity of community and connection. Is the overreaction proof that humanity for community is fading away from respect more than ever before?

And--wait a second--isn't a good population of Americans always complaining that Christmas is too rushed by starting to celebrate it the day after Halloween? That by doing so forgets Thanksgiving and is wrong?

Last year, there was uproar over the lack of design and a plain red cup.

If you are this concerned about the difference in the hue of your Starbucks cup when it is normally supposed to already be holiday themed, please find a new hobby to occupy your extra time. No one should be this upset over a cup that holds a Chai Tea Latte, White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha, Pumpkin Spice Latte, etc.

Hugs, kisses, and thanks for reading!
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