Taking the “Christ” Out of Cups

Helena Jenkins Visits Starbucks


Newspaper irregular senior Meghan Jenkins sips from the controversial red cup in a nearby Starbucks.

Helena Jenkins, Staff Writer

Yet another pointless, yet faintly amusing, controversy flared up this week when Starbucks released its winter cups in preparation for winter. A modified design from last year, it replaces light outlines of evergreens, stars, and snowflakes with a simple matte red. Many Christians reacted in anger, claiming Starbucks was “taking the Christ out of Christmas” and that they were trying to be extra politically correct.

Interestingly, the previous design depicted no specific religious imagery, but merely generic trees and ornaments, eliciting a ‘holiday’ feel. Confusion is already rampant as to why anyone is angry anyway. But boy, everybody is angry, and one feels like they have to ask: how, exactly, are these inspired martyrs for religious freedom protesting?

By going to Starbucks and buying more coffee, in the cups they don’t like. Those taking part in this shenaniganery either give their name as “Merry Christmas,” or take the empty cups, and write “Merry Christmas” on the side. This, of course, just incentivizes Starbucks to keep the red cups. Quite frankly, Starbucks has now learned that when a certain breed of conservative Christian doesn’t like one of their products, they buy them more. I wouldn’t be surprised if they release pentagram cookies or thermoses with famous quotes from the Quran.