Monday, November 9, 2015

Imaginary wars on Christmas by imaginary people

'08 Cup. source:
The open salvo in this year's "War on the war on the war on Christmas" (I don't know that I have enough "war on"s): the decision of Starbucks to not use some sort of special holiday design on it's standard coffee cup this year. In past years, Starbucks has used various holiday, winter, or Christmas related themes, including snowflakes, reindeer, ornaments, doves, carolers, and snowmen. This year, Starbucks opted for a plain red cup.

And apparently, there are people who think this decision is totally beyond the pale. Well, not real people. Rather there are Christians, per the Time piece linked to above:
Some Christians have taken to social media channels to protest the new Starbucks holiday cup, which they say is conspicuously devoid of images of both Christmas and Jesus Christ himself.
Think about how the above reads. Not "some people have taken to social media," not "some activists," nor even "some Christian activists," but "some Christians." The word choice here suggests a level of participation in this supposed protest that just can't be supported with actual facts. And in that respect, the only support offered is the number of views for a Facebook video. It's a stupid, ignorant video to be sure, designed merely to get views and therefore attention for its creator. The entire premise of the video—that Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus—is patently absurd, given the fact that Starbucks is still actively selling its "Christmas Blend" coffee, advent calendars in the shape of a Christmas tree, and a host of other holiday/Christmas-themed items.

So in short, there is no "war on Christmas" taking place in Starbucks, they don't hate Jesus, and the holiday has not been vanquished from the stores. It's an imaginary war. And the people up in arms about it? Well, I'm sure there are a few. After all, there are over 300 million people living in the United States, alone, and Starbucks has stores and customers all over the world. But how many people are we talking about, really? The creator of this video? I doubt he believes a word he is saying; his entire spiel is built around "pranking" Starbucks after all, hardly a platform for creating awareness and change (not that any of either is actually needed). But people are gullible and, frankly, like getting attention, so I'm sure he's gotten a few know-nothings to support the imaginary war, along with a lot of other people just seeking to be noticed.

Still, there is a problem in my opinion with how this kind of stupidity is presented. Again, labeling participants as "some Christians" is fundamentally dishonest. We don't really know who the participants are, apart from the originator, who—it must be allowed—claims to be a Christian (I have my doubts, though). A more honest story would use the terms I noted above: some people, some activists, or even better, some dumbasses.

But no. It's "some Christians." Why? Simple, this allows other dumbasses to complain about the dumbass Christians. See? Every dumbass wins. Everyone else loses.


  1. Actually, I think Starbucks wins. There will be tons of coffee hating Evangelical Christians heading off to Starbucks ordering coffee under the name of Mary Christmas, based on this one, idiotic video. More prophet for Starbucks. Meh.

  2. Well, that's true. The capitalist dogs always win. ;)