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War on Christmas 2017! It's On!

Posted by on Nov. 21, 2017 at 9:21 AM
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War on Christmas 2017: Fox News asks if Starbucks holiday cups are pushing a “gay agenda”

Another year, another round of red-meaters trying to set Starbucks and baby Jesus against each other

Gabriel Bell11.20.20174:24 PM

We're just settling into that dark blanket of panicked consumerism and repeat listenings of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" that is the holiday season. Proof positive of this is that familiar outlets have begun wonder aloud, again, if Starbucks is trying to destroy centuries of Christianity via insufficiently festive holiday cups — this time, in connection with a perceived effort to push the dreaded "gay agenda."

You'll perhaps recall past instances of Starbucks attempting to undermine a two millennia-old religion followed by 2.2 billion people, once through paper coffee cups that used only green, abstract designs, or once through cups that were simply all red. As The New York Times notes, a current standard bearer for the faith, President Donald J. Trump, assailed the semi-progressive corporation during a campaign stop after its all-red cup came out in 2015 (this is your reminder that the 2016 campaign lasted two years).

"I have one of the most successful Starbucks, in Trump Tower," said the then-candidate about the existential threat the coffeemaker presented for believers everywhere. "Maybe we should boycott Starbucks? I don't know. Seriously, I don't care. That's the end of that lease, but who cares?" He added, "If I become president, we're all going to be saying 'Merry Christmas' again, that I can tell you. That I can tell you."

This year's three cups, far from being a simple sheath of holiday color, feature a busy illustration in which two arms hold hands. It is not clear what genders the bodies attached these hands are supposed to be or what sort of combination thereof they comprise. As a spokesperson for Starbucks told the Times, "This year’s hand-drawn cup features scenes of celebrating with loved ones — whoever they may be." The spokesperson added, “We intentionally designed the cup so our customers can interpret it in their own way, adding their own color and illustrations.”

 

And interpret they did.

As the Times notes, some on the LGBT-advocacy side perceive it as two men, two women or one or two trans individuals holding hands, which reaffirms Starbucks' efforts here.

Naturally, some on the LGBT side are taking it a step further, claiming that their personal interpretation of the genderless appendages is necessarily the only one. As well, some are seeing a lesbian couple in an illustration of two women talking, featured in the announcement video for the new cup (cups have announcement videos these days).

It is, of course, wonderful and important that people who are often underrepresented in society can see themselves in something as mundane (yet ubiquitous) as a paper coffee cup. Yet, saying these are definitively lesbian, gay or trans images is beside the point. They are open ones that anyone can project themselves into. Here, all narratives gain equal standing. That Starbucks was able to create such an open-ended design is a feat and a boon in and of itself.

But because it's essentially its job, Fox News waded into this non-story in the ongoing Culture Wars. Pairing a Buzzfeed article that noted that the image was not explicitly heterosexual, not explicitly cisgendered, with a couple of tweets, Fox News' website sold the whole mess as a report on a supposedly massive backlash against the coffee purveyor for trying to make baby Jesus gay.

Now, Fox News itself doesn't go very far into actually proving that there is a right-wing avalanche of criticism here. It offers a couple of tweets and not much else. As far as Salon can tell, there's not really more out there in the way of red-state rage. Matter of fact, look into the comments on that same Fox News post and you'll see that many of the site's readers see the whole matter as a massive serving of nothingburger, be they there to support or slam the right-wing outlet.

That Fox News tried so very hard to make this into a thing, however, says quite a lot about where it is and how desperately it misses its foremost fighter in the War on Christmas, Bill O'Reilly. He totally would have made something wonderful of this.

Not that it matters, anyway: Everyone, even the hard right, knows coffee cups can't turn you gay. Soy, however . . .

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jpickens
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:24 AM
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"This year’s hand-drawn cup features scenes of celebrating with loved ones — whoever they may be." The spokesperson added, “We intentionally designed the cup so our customers can interpret it in their own way, adding their own color and illustrations.”

^^^^ This is how I interpreted the design concept before I got to this section of the article and nothing wrong with this.

Leave them alone about their damn cup already.
Momtoone07
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:26 AM
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Happy Holidays, Ladies!


*waits for FBI to bang on my door*
PPCLC
by Lisa on Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM
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Am I the only one who, on the rare occasion, goes into a Starbucks for the usual double-shot iced mocha frappe that Dh and I both enjoy getting and leaves? 

We even just toss the dang cup afterward without analyzing it.

That's it. Drank, drunk, toss.

SuG4
by Firestarter on Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:37 AM
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Happy Holidays to you!!

Quoting Momtoone07: Happy Holidays, Ladies!


*waits for FBI to bang on my door*
SuG4
by Firestarter on Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:38 AM
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WOW!! What a novel idea!! :)

Quoting PPCLC:

Am I the only one who, on the rare occasion, goes into a Starbucks for the usual double-shot iced mocha frappe that Dh and I both enjoy getting and leaves? 

We even just toss the dang cup afterward without analyzing it.

That's it. Drank, drunk, toss.

RaverLady
by Silver Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM
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I make better coffee at home.




jpickens
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM
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Those are my fav!! 😍😍😍😍

I need one now! Lol


Quoting PPCLC:

Am I the only one who, on the rare occasion, goes into a Starbucks for the usual double-shot iced mocha frappe that Dh and I both enjoy getting and leaves? 

We even just toss the dang cup afterward without analyzing it.

That's it. Drank, drunk, toss.

jpickens
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 11:02 AM
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Those double shot mocha frappes got me through college. 😂

Quoting SuG4: WOW!! What a novel idea!! :)

Quoting PPCLC:

Am I the only one who, on the rare occasion, goes into a Starbucks for the usual double-shot iced mocha frappe that Dh and I both enjoy getting and leaves? 

We even just toss the dang cup afterward without analyzing it.

That's it. Drank, drunk, toss.

PPCLC
by Lisa on Nov. 21, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Same here! 

My dark roast cup of coffee just ain't cutting it this morning.

Quoting jpickens: Those are my fav!! 😍😍😍😍 I need one now! Lol
Quoting PPCLC:

Am I the only one who, on the rare occasion, goes into a Starbucks for the usual double-shot iced mocha frappe that Dh and I both enjoy getting and leaves? 

We even just toss the dang cup afterward without analyzing it.

That's it. Drank, drunk, toss.


coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM
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I guess some people have too much free time on their hands.

Quoting PPCLC:

Am I the only one who, on the rare occasion, goes into a Starbucks for the usual double-shot iced mocha frappe that Dh and I both enjoy getting and leaves? 

We even just toss the dang cup afterward without analyzing it.

That's it. Drank, drunk, toss.

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