How I Solved Starbucks’ Little Red Cup Scandal

Doodling on holiday Starbucks cups - make your own cool cup!Have you heard that lots of people are completely pissed off at Starbucks for their plain red cups this holiday season? Do you care? I didn’t until I realized just how vehemently opposed to these cups some people are.

Then my brain took me on a little winding journey through thoughts of disbelief, judgment, annoyance, and finally just to wonderment. What makes people react SO STRONGLY to a cup? I had to think about it for a while.

Obviously it’s much more than a cup. Starbucks is a huge brand, and when as many people use/consume a brand like Starbucks, they will feel some ownership of that brand.

So this plain red cup has hit a major hot button in that it is not fancy and Christmasy enough for the folks.

My favorite reaction to this rage was Ellen Degeneres’ monologue on the topic:

My solution? Grab your damn Sharpies and white Gelly pens and draw your own Christmas items ALL. OVER. YOUR. CUP. Booyah. Sorry about the booyah. Pow!

Doodling on holiday Starbucks cups - make your own cool cup!

Doodling on holiday Starbucks cups - make your own cool cup!

Doodling on holiday Starbucks cups - make your own cool cup!

Hungry for more Starbucks? Head over to my Lifewhack post on how to behave in a Starbucks store. I just crack myself up.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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    • I’m famous in my own head. I have to hide from the throngs at fans at Starbucks when I’m there, but they’re just relentless. Or maybe they’re just there for the coffee.

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