Just as this election year had us thinking Americans couldn't be more divided, Starbucks had to go and release a new cup that strays from their traditional red seasonal cups.
That's right, up until election day, when you head up to your local Starbucks's counter after being called on by your barista, you'll be handed a bright green cups with sketches of a variety of characters stitched together on the canvas. The new so called "unity" cups are "meant to be a symbol of unity, and to encourage us to be good to each other,” a Starbucks spokesman said to CBS News.
But the “unity” cups meant to symbolize “togetherness" have customers divided.
Many were upset Starbucks replaced their traditional holiday-themed cups:
Others accused Starbucks of making a political statement
Other customers defended the new design and its message
Starbucks has assured customers their new cups aren't meant to push a “political agenda” by any means. Instead they're just looking to promote peace.
“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,” Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a statement.
It’s not the first time Schultz and the coffee titan wanted to remind everyone of shared values. Last year, Starbucks encouraged discussion of racial issues with “Race Together” coffee cups.
The green “unity” cups are in U.S. stores for a limited time. So don't panic, they're not “holiday cups.”
“The rest of our holiday plans are still under wraps,” the Starbucks spokesman said.
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