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Candace Cameron Bure Stands Up For Starbucks’ Red Cups


Starbucks_Red_Cups_2015Who knew a Starbucks cup could incite such hatred, controversy, and vitriolic discussion? It’s time for some reason, and that reason is coming from Candace Cameron Bure.

Known best for her (awesome) role as DJ Tanner in Full House, Bure is now a co-host on The View, and a self-avowed Christian. Bure joined the discussion about Starbucks’ annual red cups, disagreeing with the many people who think that Starbucks toned down its festive decorations because they believed Christmas decorations would cause offense. She also disagreed with the notion that secular symbols of Christmas are important at all, and that these issues aren’t important to those who celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Bure posted this succinct passage on her Facebook page, defending the cups:

Starbucks War on Christmas?

It’s a red cup, folks.

Until Starbucks puts a baby Jesus or nativity scene on the cup while saying Merry Christmas, then pulls it because they say it’s offensive, let’s talk. I don’t remember Starbucks ever being a Christian company, do you?

A Santa, a snowflake, some holly, a polar bear, some jingle bells or plain red cup don’t define Christmas for me as a Christian. My relationship with Jesus does.

So, I will joyfully sip on my Starbucks coffee, in a plain red cup, and instead of complaining about the lack of decorations, I will lovingly share the good news of Jesus Christ with friends and co-workers or anyone who’s willing to engage in conversation.

Merry Christmas to all!

Heads up—this is how someone of any denomination should address the so-called “controversy.”

Bure’s comments are not without Christian teaching, and she doesn’t hide her faith. But her wording is telling: she said that it would be a bigger issue if Starbucks had considered imagery of Jesus Christ offensive, but that the most profitable thing to come of such an issue would be a “talk.” Like, an actual, respectful exchange of ideas and a respect for others’ differing opinions.

She also finds no issue with the plain red cups because Starbucks isn’t a Christian company, and shouldn’t be expected to show traditional Christian imagery at Christmas. The art they usually display is secular Christmas, more winter-festival related than religious at all, and therefore, Christians who celebrate Christmas for its religious meaning shouldn’t care about those symbols anyway. Who needs a snowflake on their overpriced latte container to fully enjoy Christmas?

And let’s not forget: the design was never meant to strip Christmas-ness from the cup; it was merely meant to create an elegant, minimalistic effect that is currently in vogue. Starbucks made an aesthetic choice independent from religious influence, and so the outrage is, to say the least, unfounded.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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