Saturday, October 22, 2005

Starbucks Is Not Infallible

Starbucks began in August a campaign called "The Way I See It" which featured quotes on theur cups from well known people. This is all good and dandy, and some of the quotes are indeed spiffy, almost uber-spiffy. An example would be a saying from poet and philosopher Noah benShea reading "Do not kiss your children so they will kiss you back but so they will kiss their children, and their children’s children."

But that's not really what this is about.

As with all opinions, some are offensive to some people. One such cup that was pulled from Baylor University's Starbucks coffee shop said “My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short." People that would take off shelves something like that are not really people I would want to spend time with. I, in my childish idea of the goodness of all mankind, am shocked that people like that exist. But that too is not really what this is about.

Coming in 2006, a quote from the Rev. Rick Warren explicitly mentions God:
You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your real purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance and our destiny.
My response to that is disgust. Starbucks can put those those things on its cups, and they shouldn't be taken away, that's one of the great things about this country. That doesn't abate my disgust. This is really the first bad thing that starbucks has done in my opinion. Granted they're replacing the town coffee shop, but their product is certainly worthy of buying.

I thought I'd bring this to everyone's attention, Starbucks is not infallible.

Not that I'm going to do anything about it, their coffee is just too damn good.


At 10/22/2005 7:43 PM, Blogger seth said...

Personally, I don't think this is worth getting too upset about. Starbucks is not really in a position to affect people's lives with these quotes; with something like teaching Intelligent Design, or "Under God" being in the pledge, there is potential to affect impressional minds. A quote on a cup doesn't come very close to that, especially in a country where very few impressional minds will be drinking from those cups.

At 10/23/2005 12:28 PM, Blogger Allison said...

You drink coffee?

At 11/07/2005 10:34 PM, Blogger alpha_gamma said...

It really isn't that big of a deal, all it does is shows people's thought's and opinions, that's all. Anyway very few people will take an idea they got off a cup and run with it


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