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Starbucks new red cups have some upset at 'War on Christmas'

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Some people are upset at the removal of "symbols of the season" on the red cups Some people are upset at the removal of "symbols of the season" on the red cups
SEATTLE -

Starbucks' new, plain red holiday cups have some people upset this year. 

The red cups are a  yearly tradition at Starbucks and this year they decided to make them a little simpler than years past. The coffee company removed what it calls the "symbols of the season" that it's used on its cups in the past, including reindeer, snow flakes and Christmas ornaments. Starbucks says the blank canvas allows customers to "tell their Christmas stories in their own way" by adding their own designs.

Some people aren't happy. After the red cups emerged this year, comments on social media accused Starbucks of "waging a war on Christmas." 

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Starbucks released the following statement: 

"We posted a story about the design on our newsroom that you are welcome to pull from. Since 1997, we have served our holiday beverages in a unique red cup, each year and each design telling a different story. Starbucks is inviting our customers to tell their Christmas stories in their own way, with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas. Over the past few years, our customers have been showcasing their work on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and we even held a contest to support this creativity. This years design is another way we are inviting our customers to create their own stories on our cups. 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.

Tomorrow, Nov 10, is the official launch of the holidays at Starbucks nationwide in the U.S. As our stores turn red customers will find the return of Starbucks Christmas Blend Vintage 2015 and favorite holiday foods such as the Cranberry Bliss Bar and the Holiday Turkey and Stuffing Panini. New this year is the Teavana Gingerbread Tea Latte as well as new designs in the Starbucks Dot Collection merchandise and Starbucks Card collection."

Last week, Joshua Feuerstein, an Arizona-based evangelist who describes himself as a “social media personality,” posted on his Facebook page that this year’s red cup illustrated Starbucks’ dismissal of Christmas as a Christian holiday in favor of political correctness.

In the video attached to the post, Feuerstein says that Starbucks “wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups. That’s why they’re just plain red.” Feuerstein said that instead of boycotting the coffee chain, he wanted to start a “movement,” so he went into a Starbucks--with his gun, as Arizona has an open-carry law and Starbucks has not outright banned firearms--ordered a hot drink, and told the barista that his name was “Merry Christmas,” which was written on his red cup. 

What do you think? Do you agree with Feuerstein, or do you think he's overreacting? Let us know on our Facebook page. 

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