This month, Starbucks announced its new holiday cup, which it promoted in a video featuring a same-sex couple holding hands.
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It's just the next chapter in the unending drama that is Starbucks-holiday-cup, which was criticized by some in past years for not adequately honoring Christmas.
"I can attest to the lesbianism of The Hands," my gay BuzzFeed colleague said upon careful inspection.
We reached out to Starbucks, which did not confirm or deny if the hands belong to a same-sex couple. But if the Babadook and Pennywise are gay icons of the Halloween season, maybe Starbucks Ladies can take over the role this Christmas.
The company said in an emailed statement: "Each year during the holidays we aim to bring our customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season, and we will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world."