Starbucks holiday cup controversy: Starbucks responds

Starbucks’ removal of symbols of the Christmas season from its cups has been criticized by a Christian group, which accuses the company of waging a “war on Christmas.”

It’s hard to believe that anyone would even waste time on this. Nothing in the original design of the cups was Christian or religious anyway — so Starbucks has not removed anything of a religious nature.

Joshua Feuerstein — a former pastor who calls himself a “social media personality” — posted a video on Facebook last week, accusing Starbucks of removing “Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus.”

This is obviously an attempt by a group of busybodies to get attention for themselves… and raise money. ‘Tis the season for grifting.

Others on social media were quick to defend the coffee seller. “I work at Starbucks and there hasn’t been anything innately Christmas on the cups in years,” Aaron Dean commented on the video. “Sure there have been snowflakes, scarves, and snowmen, but they haven’t said the word Christmas on them since I’ve worked here.”

A Starbucks representative told E! News: “In response to the video, our core values as a company is to create a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity. Each year during the holidays 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 in our stores around the world.”