Starbucks’ Cup Controversy: Don’t We Have More Important Things to Worry About?

Starbucks Cup Controversy: Don’t We Have More Important Things to Worry About?

Lately, there has been quite a bit of controversy over the Starbucks holiday cups. Apparently people have nothing better to do thancomplainabout the fact that there aren’t any Christmas-themed images or snowflakes on their cups of coffee.

Who knew a simple red cup could cause so much conflict? Shouldn’t we be concerning ourselves with more important matters rather than obsessing over such trivial things?

According to many, the cups are an attack on Christianity. This statement seems somewhat invalid, due to the fact that snowmen, snowflakes, and stars are more winter images than Christmas ones.

Even if they were to have had Christmas-related designs on their cups, wouldn’t that be considered a so-called “attack” on other religions? Is it not a good thing that the Starbuck’s cups are more neutral, so as not to offend other religions that don’t celebrate Christmas? When there were snowflakes, stars, ornaments, trees, and snowmen, there was no huge movement led by Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or other religions who don’t partake in Christmas. But now just because there is a red cup, Starbucks has apparently started a “war” on Christmas.

Somehow this has become such a big deal that even presidential candidate Donald Trump commented, “Maybe we should boycott Starbucks, I don’t know.” (Then again, he has also said things like, “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media writes as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of a–.”)

Thankfully, not all Americans have become so offended by the cups. Some are even making fun of the ridiculous reactions. Eric Shumacher tweeted, “I’m boycotting the Bible because it doesn’t say “Merry Christmas.”

When asked, many Walt Whitman students had the same reaction.

“It doesn’t matter that much… it’s just a cup,” remarked freshman Elliot Trester.  It is comments like this that restore faith in humanity.

There is also a running joke that if you really want some “Christmas spirit” on your cup, then when asked for your name at Starbucks, simply reply “Merry Christmas.” CollegeHumor has come up with “Ten Ways to TOTALLY Nail Starbucks for That Godless Red Christmas Cup”, poking fun at the issue and Starbucks itself.

Why should the cup that you get your coffee in be such a controversial topic? It seems like people are just looking for something to complain about, rather than speaking out against real issues. With the recent ISIS attack on Paris and suicide bombings in Beirut, the last thing Americans should be worried about is the designs on their cup of coffee.

As Americans, we should pay more attention to what’s happening in society that actually has a real impact on our lives. Instead of doing that, we are complaining about coffee cups (yup, sounds pretty ridiculous). People need to realize how absurd they look and start caring about things that are actually important.