Controversy Is Brewing Over Starbucks's Annual Holiday Cups Yet Again

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Without fail, every year Starbucks receives a surprisingly significant amount of criticism over its annual holiday cups. The widespread coffee chain regularly receives backlash due to its ever-changing red cups and the lack of traditional Christmas symbols. This year, an illustration of two people holding hands has some people up in arms.

In October, Starbucks released a promotional video announcing the year’s new red cup design. It features several adorable illustrated figures getting ready for the holidays or simply enjoying a cup of coffee. Since this year’s cup is meant to be customized, the video also features text that reads, “The holidays mean something different to everyone.” Weeks later, however, people started realizing that a pair of women in the video were presumed to be a lesbian couple.