Starbucks holiday cups are back, but some are outraged by the new design

Posted at 6:58 PM, Nov 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-07 18:58:15-05

Starbucks released its new red holiday cups this week, but not everyone is happy about the new design, calling it a "war on Christmas."

The coffee chain's signature holiday cups this year are designed in a simple ombre red color, much different from its previous holiday cups that featured Christmas-like decorations on them.

Starbucks released a statement explaining the new look.

“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,” Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of Design & Content said in the statement. “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”

“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” Fields said. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s more open way to usher in the holiday.”

Not everyone is buying into the redesign though. Some Christian groups were outraged by it and said the company is being a "scrooge" and trying to "hide the religious message behind Christmas," according to Breitbart London.

“The Starbucks coffee cup change smells more of political correctness than a consumer-led change," Tory MP David Burrowes told Breitbart London.

Some people are also voicing their outrage over the new stripped down design on Twitter.

Others are okay with the new design and are just happy the holiday cups are back.