No. Starbucks is not out to kill Christmas.
While this seems like common sense, a Facebook video from former Arizona pastor Joshua Feuerstein is going viral, in which he expresses outrage that the new, simplified Starbucks holiday cups are part of the "War on Christmas," even going so far as to make the outrageous claim that Starbucks baristas are not allowed to say "Merry Christmas" to their customers.
Now, conservative Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure has reacted to the controversy on Instagram, writing, "Starbucks War on Christmas? It's a red cup, folks."
"Until Starbucks puts a baby Jesus or nativity scene on the cup while saying Merry Christmas, then pulls it because they say it’s offensive, let’s talk," Bure continued. "I don't remember Starbucks ever being a Christian company, do you?"
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The 39-year-old actress goes on to point out that decorations are a silly thing to focus on during the holiday season.
"A Santa, a snowflake, some holly, a polar bear, some jingle bells or plain red cup don’t define Christmas for me as a Christian. My relationship with Jesus does," she explained. "So, I will joyfully sip on my Starbucks coffee, in a plain red cup, and instead of complaining about the lack of decorations, I will lovingly share the good news of Jesus Christ with friends and co-workers or anyone who's willing to engage in conversation. Merry Christmas to all!"
"Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus," Feuerstein wrote in a post last week, where he argues that, "We've become so open minded, our brains have literally fallen out of our head."
"Do you realize that Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups?" he asks in the video, which you can watch below.
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Does it matter that Starbucks sells a Christmas blend coffee? Or that their cups from previous holiday seasons have featured non-Christian specific designs? Could this maybe be something unimportant to rile people up about?
To be fair, despite the video's popularity, most people don't seem to be up in arms over the cup.
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Starbucks, for its part, has talked about the simpler design for this season.
“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,” said vice president of Design & Content, Jeffrey Fields over the weekend. “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
Meanwhile, one particularly creative coffee sleeve has been making the rounds on social media for its poignancy on this issue.
One thing we can be sure of... Taylor Swift DEFINITELY sings "Starbucks lovers." Watch the video below!