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Starbucks Uses Red to Hate on Christmas
By: Jessica Cherok
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'Tis the season to become offended.

Social media is rampant with people victimizing themselves, and not even global coffee conglomerates are safe. This year, Seattle-based Starbucks is facing criticism for its decision to make their Christmas coffee cups entirely red this year.

Perhaps you are thinking that a group of well-organized bulls have gotten together and started a petition to convince Starbucks to steer away from such an infuriating color as red. Unfortunately, that, while a delightful scenario, is not what is happening.

Many (people, not bulls) are angry that Starbucks has replaced its traditional snowmen, Christmas trees, and reindeer designs with the color red on the holiday cups. Some have even take to social media to encourage others to tell baristas that their names are "Merry Christmas" when ordering (despite how obviously confusing that could become when picking up your drink).

Conversely, there are many supporters of the red cup, even if their support was more along the lines of not caring either way. It is, after all, just a color. On a cup.

Still, the alleged war on Christmas is a fight near and dear to the hearts of many.

Want to chime in to this debate? Use #MerryChristmasStarbucks.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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