York-area java lovers unfazed by Starbucks cup

Christopher Dornblaser

By now, you've probably heard: For the first time since 1997, Starbucks is not offering its traditional holiday-themed cup, instead opting for a more minimalist plain red cup. That move has been likened to a “war on Christmas,” but some Yorkers aren’t too fazed by Starbucks’ action.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015--Starbucks' plain red holiday coffee cups, shown on a sign outside the store at 303 Arsenal Road, are creating a controversy among some of its customers. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

Ordeal is ‘silly’: Aaron Anderson, CEO and head of LOGOS academy and a former pastor, said he thinks it isn’t the duty of Starbucks to display Christian messages.

“Honestly, most of the Christians I know think the whole ordeal is silly, frankly ... that it is even a news story,” he said.

“Starbucks doesn’t claim to be a Christian company, so why would we expect them to display Christian messages on their cup?” Anderson added. “It’s a little mind-boggling to me.”

‘Not convinced’ there’s a war: Anderson does not believe there is a “war on Christmas,” and he does not expect companies to promote Christian messages.

“That’s the job of the church,” he said.

“When Easter rolls around, I’m not looking for Starbucks to put out cups with information about the resurrection of Jesus,” he said.

Anderson said what gets missed in these types of spats is that it is the church has “far more significant issues” that could be addressed.

“I’ve yet to meet a Christian who cares about this,” he added.

Three reactions: Former York City Poet Laureate Carla Christopher had three reactions when she first heard of the controversy.

She said she thought the ordeal was “what’s wrong with our media.”

“The idea that this is what is trending is a sad, sad commentary on what happens when media is defined on what will trend on Facebook or what will trend on Twitter,” she said.

She also thought how great of advertising the controversy must be for Starbucks.

“The suspicious part of me is like, ‘Did Starbucks do this?’” she said.

‘What do you care about?’: She eventually came to think of the scandal as something that makes people think what is really important to them.

“It took a backwards route, but the whole red cup controversy made me think,” Christopher said. “If you don’t care about this, what do you care about?”

She said her concerns are with economic empowerment, job opportunities, and small business successes for minorities and marginalized communities in York.

Christopher said she liked the new cup.

“I’m actually pleased that they went with something more neutral and more recognizable to everyone,” she said.

The past is ‘never’ coming back: Christopher does not believe in the “war on Christmas.”

“I think it’s silly to ignore the fact that our country is changing,” she said.

“The past is never coming back and there’s a lot of good things with our increased tolerance,” she said.

She said there is nothing wrong or anti-Christmas to say “Happy Holidays”

“I’m a fan of ‘Happy Holidays,’” she said. “It’s 2015 it’s time to be a little more inclusive."

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com

— The Associated Press contributed to this report