Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, November 9, 2015

Starbucks War On Xmas? They’re Just Cups, People!


Normally, when I talk about “outrage culture”, I tend to focus on the faux outrage of left-wing Tumblr SJWs; but as living proof that “outrage culture” knows no political boundaries, this time around, we have people on the opposite end of the spectrum, right-wing evangelical Christians, voicing their own faux outrage—over Starbucks cups, of all things!

For those of you who’ve never visited a Starbucks—either because you live in the middle of nowhere or have better taste in coffee—the coffee shop of choice for over-privileged white hipsters releases special holiday cups around this time of year. Most years, the cups have designs of snowflakes and reindeer and snowmen and other holiday-related imagery.

This year, they’re all red. They’re just red. And that’s about it.

Personally, I feel the design choice reeks of cheapness and/or laziness. Starbucks said they chose this “minimalist” design for “embracing the simplicity and the quietness" of the season, but somehow, I think they were just looking for an excuse not to pay artists to come up with new designs this year.

But, hey, no big deal! I don’t visit Starbucks that often anyway. Even when I do, being served overpriced coffee in a red cup isn’t exactly going to ruin my Christmas season. (Now the Salvation Army volunteer ringing their bell outside the door non-stop? That’ll do it!) At the end of the day, it’s just a cup. Who’d be offended by a cup?

Evangelical Christians, that’s who!

No offense to my fellow Christians, but sometimes, the Evangelical-variety can be equally as annoying as feminist SJWs—case in point being this recent outrage over these cups.

Yes, some people are so seriously lacking in perspective of real-world problems that they have to get upset over made-up first-world problems such as being served coffee in a red cup. Oh, the horror! It’s making baby Jesus cry!

I wish this were hyperbole, but as with most other instances of internet outrage, it isn’t. Right-wing Christians have been complaining about this on Twitter with the hashtag #MerryChristmas #Starbucks. Some have even penned columns decrying these red cups as “Emblematic of the Christian culture cleansing of the West.”

Really? I don’t recall snowflakes or gingerbread men ever being mentioned in the Bible. Wait. I just remembered that they were. They’re mentioned in the passage The Gospel According To St. Nicholas 18:23. No, wait, I’m thinking of the year “Twas The Night Before Christmas” was first published. Never mind!

But seriously, people, don’t get angry over a Styrofoam cup that you’re simply going to toss away in the trash can, only for it to miss and hit the sidewalk. There are bigger things in the world to worry about—like how pumpkin spice promotes white supremacy. No, wait, I take that back. That’s another example of pointless outrage culture—and sadly, it was also equally real.

Why do the holidays bring out the worse in people?