'Tis the season for Starbucks holiday cup controversies

Angelo Anderson
November 21, 2017

[500link] Starbucks [/f500link] has a rich tradition of creating holiday cups-along with seasonal holiday drinks-during the fall. This year is no different - people are questioning whether the cups have a "gay agenda".

In October, Starbucks released a promotional video announcing the year's new red cup design. The video, which opens with the caption "the holidays are meant for everyone", depicts a diverse mix of people enjoying festive, family activities.

The ad then ends with two women on a date who hold hands over a cup of coffee, leading many to believe it's the final couple whose hands end up on the cup. Plus, the video above does feature a lesbian couple which has added fuel to the fire. "Can someone draw us a Lady Gaga cup please?"

Following the hooplah, The New York Times reached out to Starbucks.

That's because, while this year's edition of the cup features Christmas trees, cards and presents, it also appears to contain a cartoon lesbian couple holding hands. The outlet included several tweets from people who were upset about the cup and planning on boycotting Starbucks.

A November 15 article for Buzzfeed News supported the idea that the hand-holders were a lesbian couple. A colleague of the BuzzFeed writer was quoted in the article saying, "I can attest to the lesbianism of The Hands" - again, as a joke.

“This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories” he added
“This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories” he added

Starbucks has neither confirmed nor denied whether the hands were meant to represent LGBT customers, but that didn't prevent people from hotly debating the topic.

Fox News responded to the BuzzFeed story, and explained the controversy to its viewers.

Users took to social media to both condemn and praise the cup's potential inclusion of the couple.

Starbucks employees said they have other cups in the back if a customer wishes to opt out of the holiday cup.

Overall, though, the cup controversy is less intense than it has been in previous years.

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