Whoa, actress Thandie Newton took to Twitter on Jan. 4 to slam Starbucks for their racially offensive statue of a young black boy holding a basket of coffee beans. Keep reading to find out how Starbucks reacted to this!
Thandie Newton was absolutely furious when she arrived at Starbucks to find a statue on the counter of a little black boy holding coffee beans. Thandie seemed very upset when she snapped a pic and posted it to her Twitter for her over 25,000 followers to see.
“Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter – Loin cloth and Safari hat on a black child. Happy New Year circa 19th century,” she wrote along with the pic. Within minutes Starbucks responded with this message: “@thandienewton we are very concerned to learn of this incident & we can’t apologise enough. We have removed the figure & are investigating.”
This is just one of the things that Starbucks has come under fire for in recent months. During the holidays the well-known coffee chain was slammed for their holiday cups. They were accused of not celebrating Christmas anymore by taking off the snowflakes and the ‘Merry Christmas’ message off the cups. Even Donald Trump threatened to boycott the red cups. But Starbucks defended their cups and released this statement: “Since 1997, we have served our holiday beverages in a unique red cup, each year and each design telling a different story. Starbucks is inviting our customers to tell their own Christmas stories in their own way with a red that mimics a blank canvas.” We can completely understand the controversy over the statue … the cups? Not so much. But we really hope that Starbucks doesn’t let things like this happen again, they should be more careful!
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