Even Candace Cameron Bure Thinks This Starbucks Red Cup Controversy Is Bullshit
I’ve been trying and failing to wrap my mind around the fact that there are actually real, live human beings existing in 2015 whose primal outrage has been sparked not by child poverty or police brutality or famine, but by the lack of explicitly “Christian” messaging on Starbucks’ red cups. See, every year, the coffee purveyor marks the start of the holiday season by using festive red cups starting in early November. And every year, particularly fucking crazy Christians declare this as an example of the terrifying War on Christmas, because the cups do not say “MERRY CHRISTMAS” on them.
This year, Joshua Feuerstein, a former television and radio evangelist with more than 1.8 million followers on Facebook, is leading the charge. “Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus,” he wrote on FB, before suggesting that his followers use the hashtag #MerryChristmasStarbucks and to ask baristas to write “Merry Christmas” on their cups instead of their names. It’s absurd, but PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY DOING IT.
One person who ISN’T may come as a surprise, as it did to me. Candace Cameron Bure, sister to Bible-thumping creationist Kirk Cameron and a devout evangelical herself, posted the following message to her Instagram, basically calling the “controversy” dumb AF:
So, yeah, when even Candace Cameron Bure thinks that hardcore Christians are going too far with their “War on Christmas” nonsense, you KNOW things have gotten out of hand. Good on her for this moment of sanity. [Instagram]