Starbucks is world-famous for its coffee beverages; however, the only thing that seems to be receiving more backlash than the 2016 election of President Donald Trump is the color of the famous brand's Holiday cups. The beginning of the 2016 Holiday season has seen a break from the traditional plain red cups of years past.
On November 1st, 2016 Starbucks debuted a green paper cup, which caused an uproar from some customers, who claimed it was somehow an attack on their religious freedoms -- many of whom took to social media to express their concerns and frustrations.
PopWrapped has exclusively learned that, beginning at 5am tomorrow (November 10th), Starbucks will release THIRTEEN new Holiday cups, all in RED and all designed by customers in 2015. The company asked customers to draw on the plain red cups last year and chose thirteen customer designs to showcase for the 2016 Christmas Season. Reindeer, Santa and his sleigh, holly, and holiday snow scenes are just some of the design elements included in this year's offering.
When we asked insiders at Starbucks Corporate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, about the number of complaints regarding the cup's color and design, we were told:
"Customers have gotten downright belligerent about the color of our Holiday cups. Employees have been harassed and even threatened with violence in extreme cases. Each of the 2016 cups were designed by our customers and feature a variety of different Holiday designs. We are hoping that this greatly reduces the number of complaints, allowing more Holiday cheer and less bickering."
What do you think of the new Holiday cup designs? Do you think the color of a cup would ever constitute an attack on religion or religious freedom? Sound off in the comments, and let us know what you think!