I most definitely didn’t plan to write a blog post about this, since – as a general rule – I avoid politics and controversy on this blog. That’s just not how I roll… 🙂 I’ve never really had a taste for conflict or arguing. But I received four requests from readers to share how I – as a Christian and a Starbuck’s coffee lover – felt about the Starbucks red cup controversy. And I’ve actually never had a group of people all ask for a specific blog post about anything. Soooo, I have to admit that the requests did kind of spur me to write a little something, instead of just replying to the comments or emails.
My honest, personal opinion on the subject?
It’s a cup. It’s a red cup that holds some of the most amazing, over-priced coffee that I could ever hope to splurge on. I have always loved me some Starbucks, and I still do. I wasn’t upset in the least, when I saw the cups; and I’m not upset by them now. Taking pictures of snowmen, sledding scenes, and snowflakes off of a coffee cup does not offend me or my faith.
Also my personal opinion? I think this is being blown wayyy out of proportion. Out of all my friends, family, and acquaintances who share the Christian faith, I have only come across one person who is frustrated with the cups. One! Everyone else I’ve talked to has yet to meet someone who is upset by them. And the one person who is upset, is just concerned that in a desire to be politically correct, Starbucks has wiped their cups clean and removed everything festive from their products. That’s a concern that I’ve heard mentioned many times, as people are afraid that – in a desire to be politically correct and embrace everything – we sometimes are forced to give up the original and unique holiday traditions that we so love and cherish.
But my acquaintance is just that… Concerned. They aren’t being rude or obnoxious about it, by any means. They’ve just chosen to go the Dunkin Donuts route from now on (which, I have to admit, I drink more of these days, since it fits better into my budget). And quite frankly, that’s their right as a consumer.
Because I understand their concern (even if I don’t share it when it comes to the coffee cups), I have been disappointed in the anger I’ve seen directed at anyone who isn’t ‘for’ the cups. (Things such as posts that say, “If you have a problem with the cups, then don’t bother following my blog” or “don’t bother being my friend” or “please stop following me on Instagram.”) What?? Are we seriously going to threaten friendships over an opinion that has to do with a cup? I was honestly shocked when I came across these angry posts…
My personal opinion? Well, since you asked, I think it’s ALL very ridiculous. I honestly didn’t think about it at all until I started to see the red cup debate blasted all over social media. And other than being upset at the amount of anger I saw being thrown around, I still think it’s all very silly… and a waste of time.
Had Starbucks said they hate Christmas and all that it stands for, that would be one thing. But that’s not what’s going down. And quite frankly, I think the majority of people share my viewpoint; so it’s kind of silly that there’s so many blog posts, Facebook posts, and articles that are all ranting and raving about the people who supposedly do have a problem with the cups. (It really does feel like a publicity stunt, to be honest. I mean, where are the masses of people that are so against the new design? I sure can’t see them…Do they even exist, or is this just an attempt to create some free advertising? I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but something smells fishy in the coffee store).
Sorry, this IS one of my blog posts, after all. There had to be some cheesy humor in here somewhere.
One thing I know for sure, we’ve wasted wayyyyy too much time worrying about these silly cups. And that’s my take on the whole thing. 🙂