Starbucks holiday cups are causing a stir again, and it’s not because Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet.
The company received criticism because the two hands featured on this year’s holiday design, according to NBC 7 San Diego. The hands are rumored to be the same as those of an animated lesbian couple featured in their holiday commercial earlier this month.
“Giving good can be as small as someone opening the door for you, or recognizing the people that enrich your life – your child’s teacher, a caregiver, a family friend,” a Starbucks spokeswoman said to the Huffington Post. “(December is) a time to celebrate all the good we give to each other. We will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.”
Users took to social media to both condemn and praise the cup’s potential inclusion of the couple.
“The new Starbucks cup has lesbian couple on it. Rom 1:26 “because of this,God gave them over to shameful lust’,” one Twitter user tweeted.
“Great new #christmas campaign from Starbucks featuring #lesbian couple on the Holiday Cup,” another user tweeted.
Previously, the company came under fire when they featured red cups for its 2015 holiday design, according to CNBC. Because of the absence of Christmas themes on the cup, some social media users called the cups a ‘war on Christmas.’
Starbucks previously has given support to the LGBT community. In 2012, the company was one of several corporations to support marriage equality legalization in its home state of Washington.
Santa has not yet commented whether this puts Starbucks on the naughty or nice list.