According to Starbucks, the holiday cup began in 1997 with a “jazz-themed design in jewel tones of deeper reds, greens and blues.” Each year since then, the coffee giant’s holiday cups return, and have become a corporate tradition in the process.
The cups make the transition from plain white to holiday-themed in November; this year they changed over on November 3.
Ellen’s Hilarious Response to the Red Cup Controversy
Over the weekend, Starbucks introduced new plain red “holiday” cups, which prompted some serious backlash from people who called the move part of the “War on Christmas” in America, and an overall assault on Christianity. It raised such a controversy that even presidential candidate Donald Trump addressed it.
Comedian Ellen Degeneres also had something to say about the holiday cups during the airing of “Ellen,” on Tuesday, November 10, 2-15.
“The old cups had snowflakes and santa’s sleigh and elves. You know, all the things you find in the Bible,” Ellen joked.
PROOF THAT THERE’S NO “WAR ON CHRISTMAS”
Starbucks released a statement addressing the controversy, saying in part that diversity and inclusion are important to the coffee company:
“Creating a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity is one of the core values of Starbucks, and each year during the holidays the company aims to bring customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season,” the statement from Starbucks continued.
“Starbucks will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.”