Grandé controversy

By Elizabeth Hadley

Halloween had just passed and all of a sudden social media and the news were filled with the controversy over Starbucks’ red holiday cups. It was just a red cup, but people were making a fuss about it not being enough for Christmas. Why was such a small issue offending people?

The red cups and holiday drinks were released on Nov. 1, and soon after it was all over social media turning it into a national controversy.

Many are calling it an attack on Christianity, according to The Fortune’s Tim Calkins. By not having snowflakes, snowmen, and pine trees on the cups, people think Starbucks is not doing enough for the Christmas season.

This controversy was such a talked-about concept that even Donald Trump commented by saying, “Maybe we should boycott Starbucks? I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t care.” When Trump doesn’t care about something, that’s when you know it shouldn’t be such a big ordeal. Moreover, I’m guessing the creators of the red cup had no intention of the controversy going this far, or having it at all, for that matter.

Apparently, in order for people to be in the Christmas spirit, the little red cups have to be more than just red. They have to say “Merry Christmas,” have snowflakes and Christmas trees on them.

When I walk to class and I see a red Starbucks cup, I don’t think about how it doesn’t say “Merry Christmas” or have any designs on it, nor do I think that it is attacking Christianity. If anything, it reminds me that the holidays are coming and of what I should be thankful for.

Just because the cup doesn’t say anything festive or have any decorations doesn’t mean I’m going to stop buying a peppermint mocha or a gingerbread latte.

Holidays are supposed to be festive, happy and fun, and if people are so worked up over a cup, they will forget the real meaning of Christmas, which, to me, is family and being together, not a plain, red Starbucks cup.