East Texans respond to Starbucks red holiday cup controversy

East Texans respond to Starbucks red holiday cup controversy
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It's the most wonderful time of the year for several coffee fans, holiday drink time at Starbucks.

" I enjoy their Caramel Creme Brulee very much," said Stephen F. Austin State University student Thomas Elam.

With those festive seasonal flavors come the much anticipated "red cup" and this year it looks a little different than usual, missing the holiday decorations. Several called it an attack on Christianity, while others disagreed.

 "I think it's a little bit silly," said Baptist Student Ministry member Grace Linebarger.

 "I think it's like a lot of the things that have happened recently, it's kind of stupid," said SFA student Ray Chatary. "It's just one cup."

A few in East Texas said they don't believe the red cups had anything to do with Christmas in the first place.

"I don't think they ever really represented Christianity to begin with," Linebarger said. "They had the snowflakes and the cute reindeer but going from that to a red cup isn't any kind of persecution."

Some think getting upset over a cup means people don't understand the meaning of Christmas in the first place and they should be more concerned with other issues.

"I think depression, abortions, all of this type of stuff we don't really deal with are more important," said Baptist Student Ministry director Gary Davis. "But here we are having a controversy over a red cup."

Business owner Thomas Elam said he believes this wasn't an attack on Christianity at all, but a way to cut costs.

"From a marketing stand point, I think it's cheaper for Starbucks to get cups that don't have designs and everything and that's more than likely what they were going for," Elam said.

However, regardless of the reason for the new design, it seems like some people will always find something to complain about.

"No matter what anyone does someone is going to be upset," Elam said. "If Starbucks has a reindeer on the cup, someone gets upset, if they don't, then someone gets upset."

According to a statement Starbucks released due to the controversy, they said the red ombre design this year is meant to be a canvas that encourages their customers to tell their Christmas and holiday stories in their own way.

They have even been displaying pictures of customer's cups reading the words "Merry Christmas" on their social media outlets.

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