Social media reacts to plain red cups with #MerryChristmasStarbucks

Social media is divided over the latest holiday hot topic: the Starbucks red holiday cup. 

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Some evangelical Christians are upset the brand removed Christmas trees, reindeer, snowmen, poinsettias and other holiday symbols from the special red holiday cup that debuts each holiday season. This year’s holiday cup is an ombre red, with the Starbucks logo.

Former pastor Joshua Feuerstein posted a video sharing his disappointment in Starbucks' changed red cups. 

"Instead of simply boycotting, why don't we just start a movement?" Feuerstein says in the video. 

He goes on to urge people to say their name is "Merry Christmas" when ordering a drink at Starbucks so that baristas have to say the words to them and bring Christmas to the plain cups. 

Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus ... SO I PRANKED THEM ... and they HATE IT!!!!  #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow --> Joshua Feuerstein

Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015

Since it was posted on Thursday, Feuerstein's video has been viewed more than 10 million times and shared by nearly 400,000. 

Prompted by Feuerstein's call to action in the viral video he posted to Facebook, many posted photos of their Starbucks cups featuring their "names." Others commented on the makeshift "Merry Christmas" cups by posting their own messages of inclusion. Scroll through posts from both sides of the issue below.

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