16 Hilarious Starbucks Holiday Cup Redesigns Inspired by the Internet’s Red Cup Outrage


Some people are mad about Starbucks’ new red holiday cups, and others are mad about the fact that people are mad about it. These are their drawings.

If you’ve been in or near a Starbucks in the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed the coffee company has switched to their red “holiday” cups. If you’ve been on social media in the in past week, you’ve almost definitely seen someone at least tangentially refer to a “controversy” surrounding those cups.

In case you haven’t taken the time to read up on this important topic, here’s the quick version: This year’s holiday cups have removed all references to Christmas, opting instead for a simple red cup to signify the season. Last week a man named Joshua Feuerstein posted a video on Facebook complaining about the lack of Christmas on his cup, triggering the 2015 incarnation of what is now an annual “war on Christmas” controversy.

Some people on Twitter are calling it #redcupsmatter. We’re… not calling it that.

Starbucks described the cup’s design as a “blank canvas,” and if anything good has come out of all this, it’s that many amateur artists have responded to the controversy on social media with their own memes and drawings. Here’s some of their best work.

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The classic response cup.

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You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch-cup.

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The “Krampus stole your coffee” cup.

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Nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, Bat-cup!

The pride cup.


Jamilah Lemieux presents: Christmas with the Carsons.

The “Saturnalia came first” cup, aka Saturn devouring his son, Starbucks style.

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The Kwanzaa cup.

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You could make one cup to cover all faiths…

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…or give each religion its own.

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The “fine, have it your way.”


The Real Housewives of New York commemorative Starbucks cup.


The Good Will Hunting cup, aka the “RIP Robin Williams.”

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Are you sure it’s really red?

The Deadhead’s cup.

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And of course, the “Classic Christmas.”