Some conservatives are accusing the new Starbucks "Green Cup" of spreading liberal bias.
The coffee giant debuted the new cup, which includes drawings of various races of people, on Nov. 1.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a press release:
The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. 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.
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The press release went on to describe the meaning behind the cup:
A single line connects the figures. A coffee farmer, a family, a barista, friends embracing. A mosaic of more than a hundred people drawn in one continuous stroke is featured on a new Starbucks green cup.
Starbucks commissioned artist Shogo Ota to create the artwork. His threaded design represents shared humanity and connection, serving as a symbol for stitching people together as a united community.
Joe My God reports some of the angry tweets against Starbucks included:
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-- @Starbucks Screw you. My coffee should NOT (and does NOT) come with political brainwashing. I dropped @Starbucks like a hot rock.
-- @Starbucks stop pushing your liberal bulls*** and sell coffee. Lifelong customer becoming disgusted with the forced agenda. #HolidayCupsNow.
-- @Starbucks ALL REPUBLICANS BOYCOTT STARBUCKS.
NBC News notes that one Twitter user wrote: "Now that beloved diversity has blown up in our faces, the libs @Starbucks have begun shilling for unity. lol,,, how typical."
Ota hopes his cup design will symbolize "stitching people together as a united community."
It may serve as some sort of consolation to the cup haters that the "green cup" is only available for "a limited time while supplies last," according to the Starbucks press release.
Gun-wielding former pastor Joshua Feuerstein gave his name as "Merry Christmas" at a store so that an employee would have to write the words on the cup.