In a move that should surprise no one (but will also likely put the internet into an uproar), Starbucks has decided to release special cups for Spring. Despite the chain’s history of riling (a few overly aggressive) people up over their designs, the powers that be have decided to switch things up once again.
These cups might be Starbuck’s least offensive yet. But could that alone cause controversy? After all, they aren’t technically Easter-themed cups, they are spring-themed — marking the first time Starbucks has celebrated the coming of Spring in cup form. War on Easter? And aren’t those eggs? Aren’t they somehow related to… something? We need to get mad!
Sorry, these are 100% innocuous. Nothing to bother anyone. The cups most closely resemble the infamous Twitter eggs that are commonly found in the profiles of trolls (shots fired against trolls! The war on Twitter trolls!). They’re made to be hand-drawn upon by the baristas (or guests) in any number of Spring-themed designs like a sun, an umbrella or the strange, alternate version of your name Starbucks employees like to use. If there’s going to be a complaint, it’ll be about all the sharpie fumes.
You might remember the holiday season of 2015 when the internet exploded with hatred towards Starbucks after the company released red seasonal cups. There was nothing offensive about them except for the fact that they no longer featured images of snowflakes, snowmen, and other forms of winter merriment. A small number of Evangelical Christians believed that this was Starbucks’ way of waging war on Christmas. In their opinion, it was another corporation bending to the PC police.
Obviously, to assume that Starbucks was trying to dissuade people from enjoying the “most wonderful time of the year” is downright laughable. But, that didn’t stop people (again, probably just a few with too much spare time) from “sticking it to the man” by telling Starbucks employees that their names were “Merry Christmas.”
Is “He is Risen” going to be the next name people give at Starbucks? We hope not. They are just cups for holding coffee, which will be available starting March 16th. Look for someone on March 17th ranting about how terrible they are and why.