This may not be the first time that the holiday cups introduced by Starbucks has become a part of a controversy and come out of it too. But this one might come as a surprise if you’ve not given the cup a suspicious look. There are claims that the hands shown on the cup are that of a lesbian couple.
The Controversial Cup
After an article on Buzzfeed by Venessa Wong, going with the theory that the couple holding hands on the cup is similar to how a same sex couple holds hands, many twitter users also supported the theory.
Here are similar reactions to those who found the alleged lesbian hands on the cup weren’t cool.
— Rufus Dowling | Gay Bear Videos 🏳️🌈 (@rufusdowling) November 13, 2017
me: I hate the commodification of the lgbtq+ community and pride
starbucks: lesbian xmas cups
me: starbucks is an honourary lesbian👌👌👌👌👌👌
— lauryn (@laurynbaldie) November 5, 2017
Oh, our Christmas cups aren't Christmasy enough for you?
HERE, HAVE SOME LESBIANS! 🏳️🌈https://t.co/Xv5JqiWJbY
BAAAAAH HA HA HA HA!
— Jennanik 🎄🎉 (@Jennanik) November 17, 2017
But there were also some who simply took the high road.
How hard could @Starbucks be "pushing" anything if practically NO ONE knew what was going on. And even if it is supposed to represent 2 lesbian hands, WHO CARES? It's a design on a disposable coffee cup! https://t.co/f4vCFevgaD
— (p)Resident Clown (@4YearNightmare) November 17, 2017
Starbucks brings me the gift of political correctness every year and I die laughing at how upset people get over it 😂😂😂😂
First, “Happy Holidays” was an issue and now they’re mad about “Lesbian Hands” on the cups. 😂😂😂😂
— 🦊🇵🇷Coquito Szn🇫🇲🦊 (@ChocoLatino_) November 16, 2017
Starbucks hasn’t commented on the controversy yet or given any statement clarifying or supporting the claim about the hands on the cup. “The cup became a symbol of the holidays, the anticipation growing with each passing year. Over the years, online countdown clocks have sprung up as speculation builds on social media. It is now a fixture in popular culture, the star of both morning talk shows and late night stand-up routines. Passions for the cup have run so high that even the design could become controversial, as it did in 2015 when Starbucks introduced a modern two-toned, ombré red design,” says an article on how these holiday cups became a tradition at the giant coffee chain.
Image Source: starbucks.com