Starbucks Red Cup
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Another argument from people is that it represents satan and one lady even took a sip of her coffee and it burnt her tongue which "proves" it's satanic. What?! I red is satanic why do we keep it as a christmas color. Oh my lord I'm wearing red right now, I must be satan. Like red is a color for Christmas. And then with that lady, it's coffee.......it's going to be hot. If you do not have that type of common sense then something is terribly wrong with you.
And finally, I watched a video on Facebook where the guy "tricked" Starbucks employees to writing Merry Christmas on his cup. First of all you didn't "trick" them, it is part of their job to write what you say your name is. AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO WRITE MERRY CHRISTMAS ON IT FOR IT TO BE CHRISTMAS. IT'S RED IT ALREADY HAS CHRISTMAS ON IT. Also what are you like two, you are a grown freaking man, start acting like it.
Starbucks is just trying not to offend anybody by putting Christmas stuff on it, not everybody celebrates Christmas. You are not the only ones in the world Christians. But honestly at the end of the day, you are just going to throw the dang cup away, so what does it really matter???
My critique is not that Starbucks shouldn"t have this right, but that this right was exercised in poor taste.
Specifically, I believe so because Christmas in America is as much a commercial holiday, and thus secularized, as it is a religious one. If we grant, for a moment, that this is the case, it is easy to see how Starbucks" removal of its Christmas paraphernalia from its cups inadvertently targets the secular holiday that is Christmas in America as much as the religious holiday.
It is this targeting, however benign, of secular American culture that I find most troublesome. And it is hardly a problem just because I find it troubling.
I argue that if the American public revises too much of its established traditions it will both lack the means to establish new ones and be unable to preserve the existing linkages among us that impel us to a common understanding of ourselves as Americans.
In other words, greater common identity is forged in Santa-- whether you are Muslim, Buddhist, Animist or Christian-- than in the milquetoast color of red. When something can mean anything, it means precisely nothing.
This is, at any rate, my charitable rendering of an argument against Starbucks' decision. :)
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