Starbucks is currently the hot topic of many regarding the new plain red color of their festive season cup design. And Hollywood star Rob Lowe does not want to be left behind. The 51-year-old took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with Starbucks, saying, “Between their program to have baristas lecture me about race and now their removal of ‘Merry Christmas’ I’m officially over @Starbucks. #done.” This bizarre news left fans surprised, to say the least. They left comments such as, “Is this sarcasm?” and “I really hope you’re joking.”
About two hours later, he tweeted some final thoughts about the subject, writing, “I take my coffee with as much caffeine as I can get and with as little political agenda as I can get.” This comes in light of the recent Internet fad targeting Starbucks—a few people of religion believe that the design was not festive, was politically incorrect, and perpetuated anti-Christmas beliefs.
Last word on the subject: I take my coffee with as much caffeine as I can get and with as little political agenda as I can get.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) November 10, 2015
However the coffee giant took to Twitter in hopes of clearing the air, saying that the only reason they made the cups so ordinary rather than the fancy ones from previous years was to promote individual doodles and designs. The article they published on the official website read, “Starbucks will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.”
Lowe’s followers, on the other hand, did not take these tweets lightly. Some reprimanded him for it, while others simply said, “Amen.” One fan even scolded Lowe wrote, “It is you who is being political for caring WTF is on a cardboard coffee cup [sic],” while another jokingly said, “Political agendas are worse than decaf.”
However, whatever Starbucks’ actual agenda may have been, the attention that they have received over this small change has definitely tipped the scales in their favor.
Rob Lowe, Twitter post, November 10, 2015, 1:04 a.m.
Sola, K., “Here’s Why The Drama Over Red Holiday Cups Is A Win For Starbucks,” Forbes web site, November 9, 2015.
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