SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (TheBadgerCA) – Following the wrath that Starbucks received today from Christians regarding their red coffee cups, the coffee chain today announced that they would be not going forward with Muhammad-themed cups for Mawlid an-Nabī, the date commemorating the birth of the prophet Muhammad. The cups were to be made available leading up to the six-day period starting December 23rd and continuing until December 28th.
This decision comes on the heels of the corporation receiving a deluge of commentary on their decision to commemorate the winter holidays with flat red-coloured coffee cups with no other ornamentation on them. The company explained that they wished to take a more contemporary and minimalist approach to the holiday.
Joshua Feuerstein, an Arizona evangelist, lashed out at Starbucks in a YouTube rant stating that “Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus”. Debra Leith, a corporate publicist for Starbucks, stated that this could not be further from the truth. Said Leith, “We love Jesus, we respect Muhammad, we at Starbucks revere Buddha whose ethos we have co-opted for several years now. This year, we really just wanted to keep things simple. We thought red would be easy, no need for snowflakes, sleds, none of that. Now this happens? Jesus, where do I start. So, now, with all that happening, we gave the Muhammad cup a bit of a rethink. Next year, I don’t know. Green? Is that the answer? I really don’t know what to do here.”