As Halloween fades into our memories, the holiday season arrives, which means that Starbucks holiday drinks are back. With the drinks come the new seasonal cups, and of course, a new controversy.
The long-anticipated "red holiday cups" are surprisingly green this year.
The Starbucks green cup is available in U.S. stores for a limited run. They feature line-drawing artwork that shows a diverse group of people.
"The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other," said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo, in a statement from the coffee giant.
After the Internet erupted last year when Starbucks changed its Christmas cups to solid red cups, it was clear a complete color change would not go over well.
What the hell, @Starbucks. All these faces on my green cup and not a one of them looks like Santa or Jesus. WHY DO YOU STILL HATE CHRISTMAS.— Emily Keeler (@lizakaemily) November 1, 2016
When it's red cup season but Starbucks is giving out green ones 🙄 #GetItTogether— Isabella (@itzabella_matuk) November 1, 2016
Some are wondering if the green cup is a limited time specialty before the start of the real red cup season, since a Starbucks employee reportedly leaked the design of this year's red cup. We'll have to wait and see!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Womanista.com.