Katherine Timpf, a reporter at the conservative National Review, has a simple message for fellow conservatives up in arms over Starbucks' new holiday cup: "Please stop embarrassing yourselves." The plain red coffee cup unveiled this month has led to a vocal outcry of "War on Christmas!" from some Christians and conservatives upset over the lack of any religious terminology or imagery. This reaction—according to Timpf—is an "embarrassment," and the "insane" people that hold it should be "ashamed," or at least try substituting Xanax for caffeine. She points out the cups—which literally don't say anything—are more than balanced out by Starbucks' Christmas blend, "Merry Christmas" gift cards, and even an Advent calendar.
"Look, there is no doubt that Christians face horrifying persecution around the world—especially in the Middle East, where the consequences of your faith could range from losing your children to losing your head," Timpf writes. "But please, for the love of God, notice how these scenarios are a little bit worse than having to drink your overpriced coffee out of a cup you don’t like." While only a small number of conservatives are upset by the cups, she says their response is being used to mock conservatism as a whole. "There is a very important election coming up next year. If you want your conservative views to be taken seriously when it really matters, please do a better job of picking your battles." Timpf may have a point, as the Huffington Post reports even Trump is having a hard time getting worked up about the cups ("Maybe we should boycott Starbucks? I don't know. Seriously, I don't care," he said Monday). Click for Timpf's full column.