Jesus never turned water into pumpkin spice lattes, but that little fact isn’t stopping evangelical Christians from wanting their savior immortalized on Starbucks’ holiday red cups.
According to ABC News, secular coffee giant Starbucks is facing backlash for being “too politically correct” by making their super-popular seasonal red cups just plain red this year (technically a “two-toned ombré design”). In years past, the cups have featured holiday icons like reindeer or ornaments. The Washington Post reports that this has certain Christians, well, seeing red and accusing the chain of hating Jesus.
In a ridiculous Facebook video rant titled “Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus,” Arizona-based evangelist and self-proclaimed social media personality Josh Feuerstein declares that Starbucks has a vendetta against Christmas and Christ.
From high on his social media pulpit, he proclaims that in addition to removing signs of Jesus from its cups this year, employees are not allowed to wish customers “Merry Christmas.” But he doesn’t want Christians to boycott the coffee shop (where else are they going to get their Frappuccino fix anyways?). Instead, he preaches that that they use the following trick: Go in, order a coffee, and when they ask for a name, tell them it is “Merry Christmas.”
Looking super smug—the way only men who seriously wear backwards baseball caps only can—Feuerstein takes a moment to brag: “So guess what, Starbucks? I tricked you into putting Merry Christmas on your cup.” He is asking his fellow “great Americans” to do the same and post a “coffee selfie” on social media, where all great battles are fought these days. Feuerstein, not satisfied with his coffee cup victory lap, also revealed that he wore a Jesus shirt into the store “just to offend” Starbucks. And because the chain “hates the second amendment,”—Starbucks requested in 2013 that customers not bring in guns, including in states where Open Carry is legal—he even carried in his weapon to really stick it to the corporate coffee slingers.
First We Feast has reached out to Starbucks for comment.
[via ABC News]