It seems like each release of Starbucks holiday cups comes a controversy. The company has been producing 'winter themed' cups since 1997 and every year the designs have evolved. Some years have had hand drawn snowflakes and other stenciled on snowmen. Probably the most famous controversy came in 2015 with the 'red cups' that transitioned into a more simplistic design that was clearly holiday-esque yet didn't contain any direct references or designs towards Christmas. Conservatives and Christians saw this as yet another war on Christmas and famously boycotted the chain for the deigns.
So it's clear with each release Starbucks has a lot to look out for cause they know whatever they do will upset someone somewhere.
It's just not the holiday season without a Starbucks cup controversy.
This year, conservatives are pointing out a very small detail of the current Starbucks cup design. Take a very close look and see if you could spot whats possibly causing drama this holiday season:
You see those two hands, top left? Well, the Christian right is CONVINCED those hands belong to lesbians and that the cups are pushing a gay agenda. Kind of crazy but we can't put it past them. It's almost like they just want to keep the controversy going and are willing to pretty much take anything to the extreme.
Oddly enough, Buzzfeed News seems to be responsible for drawing attention to this.
After Starbucks released a video featuring a lesbian couple...
...people happily tweeted that they believed the hand-holders on the cups are the lesbians from the ad:
Which inevitably drew the wrong kind of attention:
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