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Starbucks Holiday Cup Becomes Controversial On The Internet

Starbucks Holiday Cup Becomes Controversial On The Internet

Without fail, every year Starbucks receives a surprisingly significant amount of criticism over its annual holiday cups.

Starbucks hasn't commented on the controversy yet or given any statement clarifying or supporting the claim about the hands on the cup.

"The new Starbucks cup has lesbian couple on it. Rom 1:26 "because of this, God gave them over to shameful lust'", one Twitter user tweeted".

Laura Smith said, "A lot of people have declared that that's the lesbian couple from the cup and that Starbucks is promoting a gay agenda".

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After an article on Buzzfeed by Venessa Wong, going with the theory that the couple holding hands on the cup is similar to how a same sex couple holds hands, many twitter users also supported the theory.

"The 2017 design echoes themes from cups of years past with intimate moments connected by swirls of red and white", Starbucks communications manager Heidi Peiper wrote in a company post. The video, which opens with the caption "the holidays are meant for everyone", depicts a diverse mix of people enjoying festive, family activities. The article also pointed out the pair of gender-neutral hands holding each other on the cup.

When the ad was shared online and lauded for its inclusion of an LGBT couple, Starbucks did not deny that was its intention.

Fox News responded to the BuzzFeed story, and explained the controversy to its viewers. In addition to people who supported it, they highlighted a few social media users who took issue with the cup. And there's also a tradition of criticizing those cups. I'm supposed to be taking him to dinner soon. and hopefully sharing the rest of the gospel with him!


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