A new green “unity” cup caused many to see red as Starbucks launched its new coffee packaging just days before the election.
Starbucks unveiled the green cup on Tuesday with a design meant to symbolize unity but ended up unleashing a firestorm of criticism instead.
Don’t worry, America, Starbucks will rescue us from election division with its new unity cup. https://t.co/uunt9msTVr pic.twitter.com/BauIq1owpc
— Brian Moore (@BriTheWebGuy) November 1, 2016
The green cup features a piece of artwork created by Shogo Ota which depicts more than 100 figures, from a coffee farmer, a family and friends, all drawn in a mosaic made of one continuous pen stroke.
“The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of the coffeehouse chain.
Friends, baristas, and customers drawn in one continuous line—reminding us we’re all connected. ? pic.twitter.com/qspqJc8KWB
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) November 1, 2016
No stranger to fanning the political fires, the company set off a wave of backlash on social media as many blasted Starbucks for “political brainwashing” and for its “liberal bias.”
Now that beloved diversity has blown up in our faces, the libs @Starbucks have begun shilling for unity. lol,,, how typical
— Philip Bordogna (@BordognaPhilip) November 1, 2016
@Starbucks Screw you. My coffee should NOT (and does NOT) come with political brainwashing. I dropped @Starbucks like a hot rock.
— #FuckHillary (@RadioAnna) November 1, 2016
The very liberal coffee chain has openly spouted its left-leaning agenda, with anti-Second Amendment, gun-free zones in their stores and campaigns on race relations. CEO Schultz supported President Obama in both 2008 and 2012.
The company, which has been slammed for attacking Christian values, did not indicate that the green cups would replace their annual holiday packaging. Starbucks’ 2015 all-red cups caused controversy last year for eliminating any mention of Christmas during the holiday season.
Starbucks is using a green cup for Christmas this year because they’re a bunch of cowards https://t.co/ruoFJ4ED3B pic.twitter.com/4YmcjTdqBI
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 2, 2016
Starbucks doing green cups instead of red cups is disrespectful to Christmas
— Bizzy Emerson (@bizzyems) November 1, 2016
Whatever it claims its intentions are with the new green cup, Starbucks ignited a firestorm on social media in just the first few hours of its release.
What do you think – is the Starbucks green cup promoting “unity” a good idea, bad idea or “just a cup”?
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#Starbucks rolls out #unity cup ahead of #ElectionDay. Thoughts? https://t.co/5hGwzQVNXF @CBS12 pic.twitter.com/WZhZuRLlAN
— Michele Wright (@michelewrightTV) November 1, 2016
@FoxFriendsFirst @FoxNews Dump Starbucks go to Dunkin Donuts, better coffee, cheaper, no political garbage & they say Merry Christmas
— Jedburgh (@TeamSGT) November 2, 2016
@FoxFriendsFirst @FoxNews who cares, its a paper, THROW AWAY CUP, filled w/ overpriced coffee!!!
— Thomas Olswfski (@thomas_olswfski) November 2, 2016
remember when everybody freaked out because Starbucks took the Christmas trees off of their cup TBH times were so simple :/
— Matthew Frederickson (@itsmattfred) November 2, 2016
@Starbucks It’s like The Walking Dead gone horribly wrong..
— CTRL+Z (@iShotCupid) November 2, 2016
There is no war on Christmas and I’m going to Starbucks and getting a peppermint mocha in a green unity cup and you can shut up about it.
— Heather (@hboulware) November 1, 2016
if you can survive the election, you’ll make it to starbucks’ true red cup season https://t.co/679iKxXmTq
— Kate Taylor (@Kate_H_Taylor) November 1, 2016
People are pissed about the new @Starbucks green cup but seem unphased by a presidential candidate whose child rape pretrial is in December.
— Logan Levkoff, Ph.D. (@LoganLevkoff) November 2, 2016
@FoxNews @Starbucks is crap coffee and always trying to make useless statements! We boycotted yrs ago! @DunkinDonuts is the only way to go??
— Kara (@Gal00per) November 2, 2016
@FoxNews Just don’t go to Starbucks. It’s overpriced junk coffee that furthers a progressive agenda by the psycho who owns it. Boycott.
— Luke M (@LukeMurray2) November 2, 2016
It’s a cup people. Just. A. Cup. https://t.co/4bx0e0iwN8
— Linda Childers (@LindaChilders1) November 2, 2016
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