America’s favorite coffee shop, Starbucks, has created some early Christmas buzz with its decision to pull their beloved holiday symbols from their iconic red Christmas cups. The Seattle based company made the move to the blank cups so all caffeine lovers could create their own holiday designs. While most Starbucks regulars have embraced the chance to personalize their cup, some others like Arizona’s Joshua Feuerstein have created quite the opposition.
On Nov 5, Joshua took to Facebook with a video expressing his protest towards Starbucks calling them the “PC police.” He’s since started #MerryChristmasStarbucks, expressing that Starbucks has tried to “take Christ out of Christmas.” The video has caused a viral storm reaching 12 million views. But, according to NBC’s TODAY, Starbucks reps have stood by their decision stating, “we aim to bring our customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season and we will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions”. With the season starting in full-force soon, Starbucks hopes to see plenty of Instagram and Twitter posts of fun and personalized red cups!