It’s that time of year again.
The festive red cups have made their appearance at Starbucks locations across the country, along with holiday favorites like Peppermint Mocha and Eggnog Latte.
The festive red cups sweep social media every year, but this year, they’re taking over for a different reason.
Not everyone is happy with Starbucks’ decision to serve their holiday drinks in plain red cups this year.
An article posted to breitbart.com is calling the plain red cups a “War on Christmas,” stating that all signs of the holiday have been removed, as the cups previously depicted images of ornaments and snowflakes.
The outcry began after American Evangelist Joshua Feuerstein posted a video to his Facebook.
In the video, Feuerstein is quoted as claiming that the reasoning behind the plain red cups is because “Starbucks wanted to take ‘Christ’ out of ‘Christmas’.”
Feuerstein challenged his followers on social media to not simply boycott Starbucks, but to create a movement called “Merry Christmas Starbucks.”
The movement asks customers to say that their name is “Merry Christmas”, so that the Starbucks barista is “tricked into putting ‘Merry Christmas’ on [their] cup.”
He then challenged customers to “take their own coffee selfie” with the tag #merrychristmasstarbucks.
Vice President of Design and Content for Starbucks responded to the outcry on their website:
“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs. This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”