Everyone remembers the great "War on Christmas" that erupted when Starbucks rolled out its plain red holiday cups.
Many people took to social media to voice their outrage and concern over what they viewed as a blatant attack on a Christian holiday.
Well, an odd controversy has come to Starbucks once more this holiday season, this time over these polar bear cookies that customers say depict throat slashing.
It all started Dec. 9, when this image was posted to Imgur with the caption "These polar bear cookies at Starbucks look like they've all had their throats slit." The post got more than 2.7 million views in just two days.
Polar bears have long been synonymous with Christmas and are famous for their appearances in Coca-Cola holiday ads.
People were naturally concerned at what looked like another attack on Christmas, and once again took to social media to let their opinions be known.
Some shook their heads in disgust.
Others questioned the company's judgment.
While some were just glad that they weren't the victims.
However, the cookies haven't been for sale for years. Starbucks told BuzzFeed the polar bear cookie was discontinued in 2010.
In a statement, Starbucks said the smiling polar bear was part of rotating holiday tradition.
In December of 2010 we served smiling polar bear cookies in cozy scarves. They are just one example of our tradition to offer holiday cookies that are festive and delicious. This year you can find snowmen cookies and gingerbread people in holiday sweaters.
Looks like Christmas defenders are reaching way back.
This is/was a blatant attack on Christmas!Uh, it's a damn scarf. Get over it.This just all has to be a joke.
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So, what are your thoughts on polar bear cookies?
vote votesThis is/was a blatant attack on Christmas!
vote votesUh, it's a damn scarf. Get over it.
vote votesThis just all has to be a joke.