Starbucks has unveiled their holiday cups for the season, but Christian latte drinkers aren’t happy.
The cups, which were released in late October, feature a two-toned ombre red design with the Starbucks logo in the centre. Joshua Feuerstein, a former pastor, is accusing Starbucks of being against Christianity, saying the company “hates Jesus.”
In a now viral Facebook post, Feuerstein frantically describes his distaste toward the new cup design, suggesting that viewers should go by the name “Merry Christmas” when ordering their drinks, forcing baristas to acknowledge the upcoming holiday.
People in support of this are now using the hashtag “#MerryChristmasStarbucks” to express their frustration.
Jeffrey Fields, the coffee company’s vice president of design, said in a statement that the company “wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
The statement also mentions that Starbucks will continue to welcome customers of all backgrounds and religions into their stores.
At the end of the day, your triple, venti, half-sweet, non-fat Caramel Macchiato hasn’t changed.