SEATTLE—One week before Election Day, Starbucks has unveiled a new cup in the U.S. that it says is meant to be “a symbol of unity.”
The green cup features a mosaic of more than 100 people, including a coffee farmer and barista.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz calls it “a divisive time in our country” and says in a statement that the coffee giant wanted to come up with a symbol to serve “as a reminder of our shared values.”
The faces on this cup are made with a single line. In it, there’s you, your neighbors, your community, a coffee farmer, your uncle. pic.twitter.com/5cCol4Y7wj
— Starbucks Partners (@starbucksprtnrs) November 1, 2016
The cup debuts Tuesday, the same day Seattle-based Starbucks brings back its traditional holiday drinks. But, the company isn’t saying if it will replace the somewhat derided red holiday cup from last year. The simple red design of that cup was criticized by some for lacking in holiday spirit.
On social media, some users criticized Starbucks for rolling out the new designs, claiming it is “political brainwashing” and spreading “liberal bias.”
Others were angry that Starbucks didn’t carry a stronger Christmas message, saying the Seattle-based firm’s cup was tantamount to being against Christians.
— #ScrewStarbucks (@RadioAnna) November 1, 2016
@Starbucks ALL REPUBLICANS BOYCOTT STARBUCKS
— Hillary4Prison (@dishonestCNN) November 1, 2016
@Starbucks how did the holiday spirit become a political agenda?
— me, myself and I (@joslynnslife) November 2, 2016
Starbucks….GREEN CUPS!? War on Christmas. Last days.
— Mitch Miller (@mitchmillerme) November 1, 2016
Epoch Times contributed to this report.