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WWCHNT: Starbucks Holiday Cup Fiasco of 2015

2015 has been dubbed, “the year everyone was offended by everything.” As the year comes to a close, some groups are going out with a bang and continuing that title with their narrative of “the War on Christmas.”

Starbucks loves fall and the holidays. During the fall, everyone trips over themselves to get their paws on a Pumpkin Spice Latte. During the winter, everyone loses their mind over the delicious peppermint mocha. Every year, Starbucks gets in the holiday spirit by decorating their famous white cups with their logo in red. In the past, the red has been accompanied by traditional symbols of Christmas such as a cute penguin ice skating, snowflakes and Christmas trees. This year, however, Starbucks opted for a cozy, minimalist style of just plain red.

And so started what I will call the Starbucks Holiday Cup Fiasco of 2015.

Although my Facebook demographic consists of mostly left-wingers, there was a notable outrage over the lack of Christmas cheer appearing on Starbucks cups on November 1st. As usual, radical Christians are citing this as part of their made-up War on Christmas.

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“We can’t have nice things because of the idea of a War on Christmas.”

“We can’t have nice things because of the idea of a War on Christmas.”

We can’t have nice things because of the idea of a War on Christmas. As soon as Halloween was over, everyone began freaking out about Christmas. Sure, Christmas isn’t too far away and I fully encourage getting shopping done a bit early. However, we still have Thanksgiving to be excited over. Thanksgiving has become a source of controversy the past few years as Black Friday has, in the words of Jon Stewart, “eaten Christmas.”

Black Friday, in the past, has started the morning after Thanksgiving. In recent years, it’s started as early as Thanksgiving morning.

Nice things are also hard to come by because people, specifically radical Christians, take any respect for other religions as disrespect for their own. Starbucks hasn’t even made any public announcement stating that they have traded their usual holiday cups for warm red ones in order to be “politically correct.” Besides the obvious Christmas symbols being absent, red itself is still a Christmas color. However, radical Christians are always on the lookout for signs that the world doesn’t love Jesus and that there’s a war on not only Christmas but Christianity.

I find it ironic that many times, these Christians who are getting up-in-arms over a paper coffee cup, are the same people who laugh in the face of other groups when they have blatantly been discriminated against. Some of these same Christians who think Starbucks has an anti-Christian agenda are the same people who support a historically racist symbol.

Overall the idea of a War on Christmas is what’s really ruining the idea of Christmas for me. Because people take a silly holiday so seriously, it’s made me take it less seriously. If we could all just get along, stop reading into everything and taking it as a personal attack then maybe–just maybe–we could have nice things.

 

Maybe — just maybe — we can have nice things

I run the most cynical segment on Whim; every week, I search for something that makes me angry, then rant about why we can never have a happy community while people act the way they do. I’ve written about all of the petty things people get offended about and the stupid things that have gotten Twitter up in arms. Continue reading Maybe — just maybe — we can have nice things

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Gun nuts

I’m sorry I misled you, but this article has nothing to do with guns and everything to do with people who comment on articles without reading them. It’s been three months since I started my expedition to monitor comment threads of the top news organizations. One of the most common things I see is that people leave comments based solely on the title and bash the writer on their opinions even though the title might have been misleading. Continue reading Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Gun nuts

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Purity

Everyone knows teenagers have sex; they’ve been doing it for centuries. Your grandparents may tell you otherwise, but it’s probably just to justify their speeches to you about why you shouldn’t have sex before marriage. So why do so many states still have abstinence-only sex education? In my high school, the sex education teacher would explain how to use condoms, but constantly preached abstinence. She would say, “abstinence is the only 100 percent effective form of contraception,” at least once in each class. Continue reading Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Purity

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Coke

Coca-Cola became the center of attention on Super Bowl Sunday when the score board started getting lopsided and people released their anger on twitter.

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Photo provided by Julian Guerra.

In their new ad campaign #AmericaIsBeautiful, Coke featured American classic “America the Beautiful” sung in a variety of different languages to embrace multiculturalism. However, the message fell on deaf ears when Twitter blew up in a storm of racism at the idea that Coke would dare sing a patriotic song in anything but English.

 

 

 

 

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Being Liberal

I always make a great effort to show that I’m not just another liberal sheep spewing back what MSNBC tells me to think. Don’t get me wrong, I think Rachel Maddow is a fantastic human being — but I’d be lying if I said everything was fine and dandy within the Democratic party. To finish off the semester with a bang, it’s about time I took a shot at my own and maybe slapped a little sense into somebody out there. Continue reading Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Being Liberal

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Chris Christie

Our favorite governor from New Jersey, Chris Christie, has expressed interest in running for president in the past. He’s been the butt of jokes from several late-night comedians due to his weight issue. He’s also been blasted by his party for working with Obama during Hurricane Sandy. However, Christie has proven to be a member of a dying breed of rational conservatives who are resistant to the heavy polarization on each side — and have the potential to swing liberal voters back to the right, myself included. Continue reading Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Chris Christie

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Socialism

The government shutdown is finally over. In a massive victory for liberals everywhere, it was a refreshing sight to see our elected Democrats win something (for once). However, let’s not forget what started the drama that put our country on hold for over half a month. Many conservatives in Congress wanted to see the Affordable Healthcare Act defunded, because it would be a dangerous step toward socialism. I don’t claim to be an advocate of socialism, but how bad can it really be if the word alone can make conservatives cower in the corner?

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Fox News

Looking back through several of my older articles, I always seem to use Fox News as the butt of my jokes. I’m unapologetic about my disgust towards their style of “reporting.” It’s about time I put it to rest once and for all.

Fox News pundit Anna Kooiman recently decided to take on a story about Obama funding a museum of Muslim culture with his own money. That doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? Actually, I would argue that’s rather noble of him, because that can’t be cheap. She asserts that the money would actually be paid by the RNC, but never went on to explain how or why. It seems like a bizarre story already, but preposterous enough to get the highly Republican fan base up in arms.

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Shutdown

Our leaders have failed at their one and only job. We elected them to make policy for the well-being of the public and they couldn’t even do that. The government shut down this week for the first time in 17 years. The people working for the government are left to suffer the consequences of the elected officials. All the while, the people who caused this mess still get their paychecks while they kick back and watch the chaos unfold from their luxury hotel suites.

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Religious Persecution

I came across a Facebook post this week from my brother-in-law about a group of gunmen in Kenya who killed 68 people in a mall. What bothers me, and what bothered the original poster, was the fact that these gunmen lined people up, asked them if they were Muslim, and then executed them if they were unable to recite lines from the Qu’ran. It’s a truly sickening story, and even more disturbing to know that the gunmen were my age and that three were Americans.

Of course, this post didn’t stop there. That would make for a terrible story. No, this post went the extra mile and used this tragedy to once again claim that we should not be tolerant of Muslims and the Islamic religion because of these extremists’ actions.

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Racism

We have made so many great advancements in civil rights since this country was formed. We pride ourselves in being the melting pot of the world. Every year, countless people flock to the US for a chance at a better life because of the opportunity we offer to such a diverse group of people.

So when history is made and a woman of Indian descent manages to win the Miss America pageant, why does the nation feel the need to run to Twitter and try to squeeze in as many racist insults they can into 140 characters?

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: 9/11 sentiment

Everyone who is at least 18 years old remembers what happened on the tragic day of Sept. 11th, 2001. Every year on 9/11, Facebook is a gleaming reminder of all of the sentiments shared on that day twelve years ago. I have no problem with sharing memories or posts that remember those who lost their lives and the heroes who died to save others. I think its a great thing when people can come together and have a sense of unity after such a tragedy.

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