Christian Group Calls For Boycott Over Titillating New Starbucks Logo

According to the Star Tribune, Starbucks recently decided to resurrect its original bare-breasted mermaid logo, much to the dismay of the Christian group, “The Resistance,” who is calling for a national boycott. The logo, based on a 16th Century Norse woodcut, will be on Starbucks cups for at least a few more weeks and will be the permanent logo for Pike Place bags of coffee. According to the Christian group, the logo “has a naked woman on it with her legs spread like a prostitute,” and that “the company might as well call themselves Slutbucks.” We didn’t even know that mermaids had legs. More, inside…

The article says,

The image is a less-revealing version of what the chain used for many years, starting when it first opened in Seattle in 1971. That original logo was resurrected in its Northwest outlets for a time in 2006 to mark the chain’s 35th anniversary.

Company spokeswoman, Bridget Baker said the newly revived logo was “modified a bit [from the original] based on feedback” from Starbucks customers during its 2006 appearance. “We feel it’s appropriate,” she said. Howard Shultz, Starbucks’ founder, said in his book, “That early siren, bare-breasted and Rubenesque, was supposed to be seductive as coffee itself.”

We seriously doubt this logo is obscene enough to deter anyone from their morning cup. From what we know of coffee drinkers, still photos from German scheissen porn wouldn’t separate them from their hot liquid crack.

Group finds Starbucks logo too hot to handle [Star Tribune]
(Photo: Star Tribune)


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  1. DeepFriar says:

    “resurrected”? I see what you did there.

    Does anyone else find the idea of a Christian group called “The Resistance” . . . odd?

  2. nadmonk says:

    It sounds like those people are afraid to touch themselves in the bathing suit area.

  3. ClayS says:

    Maybe Starbucks could offer a different version of the cup for sensitive customers. A bathing suit top might work. And as far as the manner in which her legs are positioned, it reminds me more of a contortionist than anything else.

  4. Le resistance lives on! Grab yer torch and pitchforks, we got ourselves a mermaid to abolish.

  5. TKWarrior says:

    I also caught that -chicken of the sea- mermaid looking at me funny. Let’s go after them next!

  6. Brain.wav says:

    “From what we know of coffee drinkers, still photos from German scheissen porn wouldn’t separate them from their hot liquid crack.”

    If my German is right… that’s pretty freaking nasty.

  7. Bladefist says:

    @DeepFriar: Yea, it sounds “Those who find stuff to whine about”

  8. jplanet says:

    Ummm…so don’t buy coffe at Starbucks, “The Resistance”.
    Wouldn’t that be more…resisting?

  9. B says:

    Maybe they can make a different logo with the other kind of mermaid, with the fish part on top and the lady part on the bottom. Would that be less offensive?

  10. davemei83 says:

    isn’t it even more disturbing that these people see this image in THAT way….those don’t even loon like legs. hell, they might as well go to every museum and demand all the nude paintings covered up or burned.

  11. Jaysyn was banned for: says:

    Bible-thumpers ruin everything.

  12. davemei83 says:


  13. Jay Slatkin says:

    @B: I lol’d!

  14. rbaldwin says:

    What’s next boycott the land o lakes woman because her skirt is too short?

    What is their view on this? “Destroy anything we don’t agree with!”

  15. boss_lady says:

    Wait, what? I’m sorry, but that’s absolutely ridiculous. A national boycott over a mermaid? First of all, there’s no nipple visible, secondly, mermaids don’t have legs- they have tails. This one appears to have two. The mermaid is a mythical character that sailors apparently mistook for/confused with the duckbilled platypus (seriously). It’s not a woman riding a broom with a burning cross in her fist, so chill the hell out, The Resistance.

  16. thewriteguy says:

    ( o )( o )

  17. Jaysyn was banned for: says:


    I’m sure they will love my burgenoning start-up “Christian Death Coffee Co.”

  18. Bladefist says:

    @Jaysyn: Nothing wrong w/ bible thumpers. Most of them quietly judge you. These people aren’t your typical bible thumpers.

  19. Angryrider says:

    I’m okay with it. They are keeping up with the mermaid motif. Besides, it seems that everyone’s impression of a mermaid stems from that Disney movie, not the fairy tales.
    Heh, looks like she found a mirror, and is having fun with it.

  20. UnicornMaster says:

    I think christians should not buy anything. Especially food. (jk)

  21. Greeper says:

    It’s the activist liberal baristas and mermaids who are threatening our children!

  22. bohemian says:

    Someone needs to convince this group to do a very public boycott of Duncan Hills Coffee.

  23. battra92 says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to see all this Christian bashing here? NOT! Jeez people, they are allowed to boycott something if they want to.

    I boycott Starbucks because it’s overpriced dirty water that tries to call itself a gourmet.

  24. @DeanOfAllTrades: I think we should entertain ourselves with them fighting lions with cardboard swords, just like the Romans did.

  25. TeraGram says:

    @ClayS: Maybe Starbucks could offer a different version of the cup for sensitive customers.

    Are you kidding? What Fritalian word would they use for the cup difference?
    Here’s the French for the words “naked” “fish” “whore” and “mermaid”: nue poissons putain sirène
    Here’s the Italian for the words “naked” “fish” “whore” and “mermaid”:nuda pesci prostituta sirena

    Until that gets worked out, maybe they could just have a Sharpieâ„¢ marker at the counter.

  26. Saboth says:

    @bohemian: @bohemian:
    Do you folks like coffee?
    Real coffee?
    From the hills, of Columbia.
    The Duncan Hills are real.
    From a dozen depths.
    A cup of bloody death.
    You’re dying for a cup.

  27. Anonymous says:

    As a Christian I find this absolutely absurd. What kind of idiots think this really matters. There are far more important and impactful ways to spend your time and energy than worrying about a mermaid logo on a cup of coffee. Believe it or not, most Christians probably have the same opinion of these groups that the general public does. These idiots have too much time on their hands.

    I’m embarrassed.

  28. @battra92: If the shoe fits…

    People, there are Christians, and there are “Christians.” The latter are the ones who get their panties in a wad over things like Starbucks’ old logo, Proctor and Gamble’s allegedly Satanist logo, and ordinary people telling crazy people to keep their lunacy to themselves. I won’t apologize for the latter, no matter how much you whine.

  29. thewriteguy says:

    “I’ll have a venti mocha frap in a nuda sirene cup please.”

  30. BearTack says:

    @boss_lady: “The mermaid is a mythical character that sailors apparently mistook for/confused with the duckbilled platypus (seriously).”

    Generally the origin is attributed to the manatee, not the platypus. But, the legends go back to at least 1000 BC, and are found in a multitude of cultures. This was long prior to the “discovery” of Australia and the Americas, so the platypus and manatee are probably ruled out as the archetypal models.

    The European melusine is a mythical female fresh water sprite with often shown with two fish-like tails, which might be the basis for the logo.

  31. dago_31 says:

    How does a Christian group know, exactly, how a prostitute spreads her legs?

  32. boss_lady says:

    @Jaysyn: I’ll be your first barista. You just have to promise that we’ll order/brew good coffee.

  33. theblackdog says:

    @dago_31: They asked Jimmy Swaggart

  34. boss_lady says:

    @BearTack: Sorry, man. Just saw it on Discovery channel yesterday- I feel pretty stupid for believing/’quoting’ what I saw on tee vee.

  35. SkokieGuy says:

    Can someone tell this freakish group that the logo is not what they think?

    It’s actually a woodcut representation of Sven / Svendora, the oldest Viking drag queen, who in between sodomizing young boys, loved to dress up as a mermaid.

    Glad to know that the wingnuts are focusing on the real issues (honey, did y’all know that there’s a war going on and your country’s in the midst of economic collapse? No, well you go right ahead and you protest that devil Mermaid coffee stuff).

    Also thrilled to know that there are some sane Christians who are offended by this crap.

    Anyone outside of the faith who critizes (like me) is accused of Christian-bashing, so it is up to those within the faith to expose and critize those who pervert core beliefs and focus on such BS.

  36. ARP says:

    @CaptainCynic: Apparently you didn’t get the memo, this is more important. Feeding the poor, caring for the sick, promoting civil rights, etc. is so 32 A.D.

  37. ChipMcDougal says:

    Ugh, stupid Christians have to instill their values on everybody else…shouldn’t they be following the old testament and stoning people who work on sundays?

  38. Tank says:

    @B: @B: nawww, it’d still smell the same

  39. SkokieGuy says:

    As of 8:45am Central Time, Starbucks stock is up 3.25%.

  40. ShortBus says:

    We make fun of any group that takes its self too seriously, whether they’re Christians, a school board, a police dept, airline execs, Canadians, or an online pet food store. “The Resistance” deserves extra hard pokes because they’re one of those Christian groups that likes to pretend that they’re still persecuted for their beliefs when over 90% of the US population identifies themselves as Christian as well.

  41. mmstk101 says:

    @thewriteguy: lol

    Well, I sure am glad that The Resistance is standing up for my right not to be forced to view a picture of a slightly-creepy fake-aquatic/female-almost-nude mythical figure . . . . or something. You know, instead of having to decide on my own to buy overpriced coffe from some other establishment.

    yes, I am being sarcastic.

  42. Tank says:

    @dago_31: they asked the good reverend

  43. BoomerFive says:

    @CaptainCynic: Exactly my feelings. Groups that partake in this kind of thing aren’t Christian groups, they are power groups. There is nothing to be gained by this action but notoriety. No one benefits but the group initiating the action. As a Christian, I am saddened, but not surprised. So much of this going on which gives all Christians a black eye.

  44. TeraGram says:

    @BearTack: This was long prior to the “discovery” of Australia and the Americas, so the platypus and manatee are probably ruled out as the archetypal models.

    Actually, no. The Stellar’s Sea Cow (now extinct) was probably known to Russian sailors. There is also a species in West Africa.

  45. Jaysyn was banned for: says:


    BZZT Wrong!

    Growing up in the South’s Bible Belt has shown me exactly how greedy, tyrannical, hypocritical & ignorant ~90% of “good-christians” are.

  46. ARP says:

    @Steaming Pile: Actually there’s a term for these people, they’re called Christainists. They don’t really practice it, they just try to push it on others, dictate everyone’s morality, use it justify wars and all sorts of other nasty things. Of course they have no problem with laissez faire economics and low taxes for the rich. It’s what Jesus would have wanted.

    So Christains= Good. Christainists= Bad.

  47. BigBoat says:

    @BearTack: @boss_lady: I’ve heard dugong.

  48. SkokieGuy says:

    @ARP: Jesus drank decaf

  49. MayorBee says:

    @B: I thought Starbucks was from Seattle, not the lost city of Atlanta :)

    You know, the logo is on both sides, so if they really think about it, they have a “2 Mermaids 1 Cup” situation going on here.


  51. revmatty says:

    @BearTack: For extra credit, the Narwul is likely the inspiration for the unicorn legend.

    Slutbucks is my favorite new term for Starbucks. Much better than the standard Fourbucks.

  52. uberbucket says:

    Save me from teh boobies!

    Prepare for ultimate flavor…

  53. uncle_fluffy says:

    @dago_31: And, for that matter, do prostitutes spread their legs in a manner different from non-prostitutes?

    Not that it would make any sense even if there was a difference, since they’re talking about a picture of a mermaid.

    I blame the customer.

  54. JDAC says:

    @dago_31: Are you kidding? If cable news has taught me anything, it’s that it is exactly this kind of christian who has the most sordid and interesting sex life. They may be confused by a mermaid, but they’ll find a way…

  55. Bladefist says:

    @Jaysyn: there are people like that in every religion. Even in Atheism, or nihilism, people still go out of there way to be annoying. Now that you mention the south belt, I can agree a little more with you. However in the middle ‘belt’ it’s not like that. I’m not hugely religious, more agnostic, but I think religion, in any form, as long as it doesn’t become radical, is good for people, and therefor our country.

  56. NotATool says:

    I checked. The Bible says nothing about mermaid breasts being evil.


  57. SkokieGuy says:

    @suburbancowboy: TWO mermaids, on the SAME cup! That’s EVIL!

    This just in, “The Resistance” has announced its is expanding it boycott of Slutbucks after learning that Slutbucks is promoting Mermaid Lesbianism.

    This just in, Starbucks has announced a new coffee beverage, the Mocha Sluttachino, a delicious coffee and Mocha flavored beverage topped with a milky froth that pays homage to the foaming of the mouth of rabid Christian Extremists.

  58. cerbie says:

    Gotta love to be amused by ’em.

    has a naked woman on it with her legs spread like a prostitute

    Looks to me that when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. I don’t think I want to know any details about the hammer. It could have noneuclidean geometry, for all I know.

  59. pengajim says:

    If a customer has issues with the logo, why don’t they just charge an extra $4 for an add on bikini top to cover the offending area?

  60. noquarter says:

    It’s funny they see the logo that way, because my first thought was that her legs were spread like a good Christian wife preparing to procreate.

    But then, I guess my mind isn’t as dirty as those of “The Resistance.”

  61. ionerox says:

    I’m offended by the new logo, but not because it’s “slutty”- it’s just damn fugly.

  62. scarysnow says:

    sigh. do we have to know every time some stone age religious group decides they don’t like something? does it really bring any cultural significance or context to anything?

  63. IrisMR says:

    Since when do mermaids have TWO tails? It’s an outrage!

    …Seriously, buzz off christians. There’s nothing evil about sex, there’s nothing evil about that picture. Oh my god she’s topless. Call the cops. It’s just a stupid PICTURE.

  64. eblack says:

    Dear Christians,
    I like boobs, I’m sorry you don’t. Keep up the sexual repression.


  65. CrazyRedd says:

    I liked Duncan Hills better anyway.

  66. MayorBee says:

    I can see where the Christians are coming from. Look at her staring at you intently, inviting you to try her wares. She is driving good Christians to sin! Makes me want some muffin tops.

    (I tried to work a “Let he among you who has no sin cast the first scone,” but I decided to go with the muffin tops joke instead)

  67. tedyc03 says:

    Next up: dressing David in Italy.

  68. johnva says:

    Do these people really think society is going to fall apart if they don’t oppose topless line drawings of mermaids on disposable coffee cups?

  69. rmz says:

    @cerbie: Non-euclidean geometry? Sea creatures?

    I just got a great idea for the new Starbucks logo! Cthulhu-bucks?

  70. MikeGrenade says:

    Good to see fundies still have hilariously guilty consciences!

  71. kylenalepa says:

    @SkokieGuy: Two mermaids, one cup? Maybe this should be banned…

  72. forgottenpassword says:

    I hate starbucks, but I hate rabid bible-thumps even more. Especially when they are trying to “save me” from the “evils” of this world…. like half-nude slutty mermaids with spread-eagle tails/legs on coffee cups.

  73. Mr. Guy says:

    these christian groups should double as brand consultants… i personally would LOVE a “slutbucks” to open up in my neighborhood. THey are on to something there.

  74. Annika-Lux says:

    I’m pretty sure that fins are not legs. Last time I checked, anyhow. That’d really put a damper on The Little Mermaid’s case for legs.

    It looks like a double-tailed mermaid to me. Maybe a lyretail mermaid. I am definitely not seeing legs or a vagina in that logo.

    Also, I’m willing to bet that these same folks who are whining about this logo also breastfeed their children and have no problem with yanking it out in full-view of the public to nurse their pwecious chyldrunnnn, and would be outraged if someone dared to ask them to cover up.

    When are people going to stop being afraid of their own bodies?

  75. audreyhorne says:

    if someone actually gets turned on by looking at that logo on a paper cup, then they have more problems then the christians are going to be able to take care of anyway.

  76. nevadaniro says:

    The “Resistance” is simply bored and must do something to keep up appearances. Wondering though…where exactly do they find out about all of these many things to boycott…this particular case is a harmless cup of coffee…but how do they know that the stripper down the street has a Jesus tattoo on her thigh??? hmmm…

  77. @dago_31: It is my general experience — and I went to seminary — that the louder a person (usually religious, but sometimes just a moralist) crows about other people’s moral failings, the more wound up they are about their own they’re committing in secret. When someone’s all “Teh prostitutes! think of the children!” you can usually guess what they’re doing with their Saturday nights.

    A good but not infallible way to decide if you’ve got a big secretly-sinning moralist on your hands or someone genuinely concerned with others’ wellbeing is that the former are always like “prostitution/porn/drugs/whatever is bad for society/the children!” whereas the latter are usually like, “prostitution isn’t great for society, but THE PROSTITUTES ARE SUFFERING AND BEING EXPLOITED.” “Drugs aren’t great for society, but DRUG USERS need our help.”

    @SkokieGuy: “Anyone outside of the faith who critizes (like me) is accused of Christian-bashing, so it is up to those within the faith to expose and critize those who pervert core beliefs and focus on such BS.”

    We can do our best, but the fact is that a) crazy is louder and makes a better sound bite and b) the rest of us are out, like, clothing the naked and feeding the hungry, not spending all our time waiting to attack crazy people for being crazy.

    It does piss me off to watch them pervert my faith, but there’s only so much you can do to respond to them while they make better TV and while there are people in need who need help more than these people need a bitch slapping. A loving, Christ-like bitchslapping, of course.

    @johnva: “Do these people really think society is going to fall apart if they don’t oppose topless line drawings of mermaids on disposable coffee cups?”


    There’s a really good book called “God’s Own Scientists: Creationists in a Secular World” written by a sociologist who basically followed them around for three years, and it does a spectacular job of explaining the mindset of these people. It’s hard to find b/c out of print, but you can probably get it by interlibrary loan or sometimes find it on But the short version is, yes, they really do think this sort of thing will cause society to fall apart.

    Remember, there are generally poorly-educated people with few economic prospects who are coping with a rapidly-changing culture and economy and they’re the ones being left behind. That, in any culture, in any time, in any place, in any religion, is a recipe for reactionary religious fundamentalism. And they’re able to very successfully prey on the anxieties of the middle class which is also suffering dislocation from the rapid societal and economic changes we’re going through. (And sometimes they’re able to become very wealthy by doing so.)

    These people really deserve our pity more than our scorn. They’re desperate and frightened and flailing — and failing in the new world they don’t understand and can’t navigate. They truly feel attacked and besieged.

    Chances are that as things settle down from this wave of cultural and economic dislocation, the fundamentalism will fade; historically it always has, and a period of dislocation tends to blossom into a phase of intellectual expansion like the Enlightenment — the seeds of which we probably already see in internet culture. They won’t dominate the cultural conversation for all that much longer, and I suppose we can count our blessing that instead of violent reactionary fundamentalists, we have whining-about-naked-mermaids reactionary fundamentalists.

  78. audreyhorne says:

    @forgottenpassword: plus, mermaids can’t help being slutty… they were there to seduce seamen and pirates, right? i mean… how much can we ask of the mermaids??

  79. mk says:

    I have a mug from the original starbucks in Seattle. It has the original logo on it. She has boobs and nipples. There is no hair covering even a tiny bit. Starbucks totally went PC with their logo which is such a shame. I say more bob on coffee cups.

  80. SkokieGuy says:

    @Annika-Lux: You said VAGINA. OMG VAGINA. Your are an evil slutty spawn of satan and we must protest YOU.

    As all GOOD Christians know, VAGINAS are evil. People who think about VAGINAS are evil.

    My faithful Christian extremist eyeballs are bleeding just from reading your words, just like when I research pornography and strip clubs, hoping to save the poor wretched souls trapped behind those glistening, heaving oversized hooters.

    I will go pray for forgiveness for even reading such an evil word!

    Then, once I feel better, I will go do some crystal meth with a gay prostitute and embezzle some church funds.

  81. mike says:

    @IrisMR: I’m a Christian and I don’t think sex is evil or wrong. The majority of Christians I know don’t think sex is evil or wrong. It’s a very popular and pervasive misconception. I would even say it’s prejudicial.

    In reality, you’d be surpised how much you and normal Christians have in common.

  82. johnva says:

    @Eyebrows McGee: I always figured it was mostly fear of change that drives these kind of people. Narrow conceptions of religion provide a sort of shelter in the storm for people who can’t keep up. So in a sense, I do feel a bit sorry for them. But I would feel a lot more pity if they would stop trying to force all the people who don’t agree with them to conform to how they want things to be. A lot of things have changed about our culture in the recent past, but pluralism is not a new idea. They need to get with the program and realize that they need to leave other people alone if they want to be left alone with their beliefs.

  83. MayorBee says:

    @SkokieGuy: Well great, you just said the “V” word three more times!

    And maybe, just maybe, the Christians have some basis for their outrage. Has anyone here seen Idiocracy?

    There’s a small clip of it. I could go for a Gentleman’s Latte with Full Release right about now.

  84. forgottenpassword says:


    Um…. if you were a REAL christian you would call it by its officially approved christian name “shame-cave” … whereas the male counterpart is called a “god-stick”.

    Get with the program!

  85. “slutbucks” thats awesome. I like the old logo design, in fact I think I like it so much I’m going to go get a slutbucks right now.

  86. Shaftoe says:

    That is only because greater society lets them.

  87. cmdrsass says:

    There are hundreds of these minor religious groups with a tiny number of wacky members all scrambling for recognition. They crave this kind of national attention. I’m disappointed to see anyone take them seriously.

  88. loganmo says:

    Are these the same people that thought there were dirty pictures in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”?

  89. SkokieGuy says:

    @Eyebrows McGee: Wow, what a thoughtful, intelligent and encouraging reply. And good for you for involving yourself in good works.

    How sad that most politicians would rather generate votes by generating fear (Barack HUSSAIN Obama / Homosexual Agenda / Pro-Abortion) than to earn votes by having the superior plan for dealing with real issues.

    Interesting (with the recent overturning of California’s ban against gay marriage) as the same types of extremists come out of the woodwork talking about Defending Marriage, none of the talk has anything to do with banning divorce, making premarital sex or adultery illegal, etc. Since over half of all marriages end in divorce, adressing divorce is a drastically more important issue, but totally not part of the Defend Marriage discussion, because in reality Defense of Marriage has nothing to do with defending marriage and has everything to do with an unhealthy obsession that other people are might be having sex – and possibly enjoying it without guilt and shame.

    And this relates to Starbucks how? Ahhh, well if it becomes legal for me to marry, I’ll serve Starbucks at the reception, yeah, that’s it. And Eyebrows, you’re invited! Oh yeah, and the bridesmaids will all be dressed as mermaids.

  90. @johnva: “But I would feel a lot more pity if they would stop trying to force all the people who don’t agree with them to conform to how they want things to be. A lot of things have changed about our culture in the recent past, but pluralism is not a new idea. They need to get with the program and realize that they need to leave other people alone if they want to be left alone with their beliefs.”

    By telling them to get with the program, you’re forcing your beliefs on them. :) And they don’t *want* to be left alone with their beliefs — they want to rewind the world, the whole world, to a time they understand and a system they have a hope of succeeding in.

    But the fact is that they’re not going to win. Their position was a losing one before they even took it. And the truth is that even when they’re screaming in your face, they’re not actually HURTING you (just annoying the shit out of you); while they themselves are every day a little farther behind, a little less-able to make a living, a little further away from ever understanding the change they’re living through. Not only won’t they ever achieve the life they want, but their children won’t — and they can see that, even if they can’t understand why, and can’t see that what they’re doing is crippling their children’s chances too.

    What’s really pitiable, to my mind, is that we could offer them all kinds of things to help them successfully make the transition into the new economy — job retraining, education for their children — and they would refuse it because it comes from the culture they fear. They’ll keep digging themselves further and further into a hole and leaving themselves farther and farther behind.

    But the ones who insist on attacking the dominant culture and trying to turn the tide won’t survive the shift; the ones who DO just want to be left alone, and who are able to come to certain accommodations with the dominant culture, are the ones who will be able to maintain their beliefs — and the communities will probably look quite a bit like the Amish. Self-sufficient, limited in contact with the outside world, non-evangelizing, non-publicity-seeking, but able to make accommodations with the larger culture to protect their right to be left alone. (While the Amish don’t believe in civil governments generally, they are willing to make some compromises and participate in some systems they disagree with because they recognize its that civil government and its systems that protects their right to live the way they want to.)

    But you may find they annoy you a helluva lot less if you look at them with pity and understand these are the desperate outbursts of a lost cause, and that nothing they say or do will make any difference in the end. You will still go about your life and be fairly successful; they will still live in this horrible fear and terror every single day with the certain knowledge that the world is crumbling, but having no idea why, and no idea how to help their children not suffer what they’ve suffered. And if not pity, well, maybe enjoying a little schadenfreude will make them annoy you less.

  91. Trai_Dep says:

    So if I was to have sexual congress with a mermaid, would it be bestiality? Only if I went for the lower half?

  92. Karyuu says:

    I listened about this on KROQ this morning – absolutely hilarious stuff.

  93. anarcurt says:

    Let them boycott, just don’t give these neanderthals a voice.

  94. Goodnightbabytron says:

    @Bladefist: If I believed in a god, I’d say “amen” to your comment.

  95. radio1 says:

    God, as a former (for a time and many years ago) Born-Again– I can not believe what these people are worried.

    Yep, the original Starbucks logo is what incurred God’s Wrath upon us, and that is why we have SE Asia cyclones, China earthquakes and global warming…

    But I do urge, to look on some BAs with respect. Some are concerned with the sick and hungry of this world without all the self-righteousness. Granted those ones are few and far-between.

  96. battra92 says:


    I’ll remember that the next time I see a holiday tree.

    I’m not saying the mermaid is offensive but if they want to boycott Starbucks, more power to them. When Hindus and Vegetarians were upset with McDonalds because their fries are fried in beef fat they had beliefs to call for a boycott or whatever.

    I could give a care about the damn mermaid. It doesn’t offend me, I’m just kind of sick of the whole anti-Christian prejudice out there.

    @linus: I’m a Christian and I don’t think sex is evil or wrong. The majority of Christians I know don’t think sex is evil or wrong. It’s a very popular and pervasive misconception. I would even say it’s prejudicial.


    For the record the official position (no pun intended) of most Protestant denominations is, once your married go out and have as much as you both can handle. They just aren’t into pornography or adultery. Even the Puritans would excommunicate members for not having sex with their wives enough.

  97. JackWalker says:

    @davemei83: Repressed sexual tension.

    Like comedian Jim Jeffries says “If you’re religious, good. Just keep it to yourself. You’ll go to heaven and I’ll burn in hell. We all win!”

  98. Buran says:

    Just because they’re whining, I’m going to get a frappucino tonight.

  99. xmod2 says:

    How about we will cover up this mermaid’s breasts when they stop flashing around that naked dude nailed to a piece of wood.


  100. forgottenpassword says:

    @battra92: “I could give a care about the damn mermaid. It doesn’t offend me, I’m just kind of sick of the whole anti-Christian prejudice out there.”

    Then place the blame where its due….. on the shoulders of the wackjob christians that give your religion a bad name.

  101. Jabberkaty says:

    Huzzah, more boobs on coffee. Let’s not stop till we have boobs on all our foodstuffs and beverages forcing boycotts from all wackos – wackos starve – problem solved.

  102. darkryd says:

    Yes of course! she’s topless, so she must most certainly be a slut!

    Does this mean the Venus De Milo is a slut, too?

  103. trillium says:

    Anyone else find it amusing that a Christian organization in the 21st century is whining about the usage of an image based on a 16th Century Norse woodcutting?

    More coffee for us slutty ingrates!

  104. @thewriteguy: Hey, I said you could copy them for your own personal reasons, not put them up on the consumerist and embarass me. I got nothin’ compared to miss mermaid :(

  105. “legs spread like a prostitute”: is the intimation here that spreading one’s legs makes one a prostitute? Or that prostitutes spread their legs in some fashion distinguishable from that a normal woman would employ, and in this case very apparent in the drawing? Please, “Resistance”, clear this up for me so I don’t mistake my wife for a prostitute some time. I’d be interested in how you avoid this confusion in your own sexual practices, as well.

  106. SkokieGuy says:

    Has anyone noticed that the cows used in Ben & Jerry’s marketing is NAKED?

    Where is the outcry? Look at her seductively swinging her tail, pretending to swat flies when really trying to expose her bovine nether regions.


  107. @SkokieGuy: OMG… I think coffee came out my nose.

    Warn us before causin a humor riot!

  108. digigasm says:

    Once The Resistance has thoroughly dominated Slutbucks I predict they will point their Resistance Guns to Raven’s Brew. Does it get any more evil than 3 x GOAT PENISES? They might get a waiver for having a Resurrection Blend.

  109. DrGirlfriend says:

    @AtomicPlayboy: OF COURSE spread legs = prostitute. You know who else spreads their legs? Women giving birth. And how did they get to such a situation, in which they would have to spread their legs in order to expel a baby? By having sex. Irrefutable logic, sir. Irrefutable.

    Also, that mermaid is clearly a mutant.

  110. Hooper says:

    The logo is disgraceful, but only because it continues the discrimination against the Mer-man… Mer-man!

  111. SkokieGuy says:

    OMG – I never realized, the food store is clearly satan’s playground of evil products.

    Country Crock SPREADABLE Butter. []

    Why don’t they just have a little truth-in-labeling:

    Country Crock Beezlebub Puss – Delicious on Toast!

    And Crisco? Let’s not even go there.

  112. SkokieGuy says:

    So how do you pay a Mermaid Prostitute? What is appropriate currency?

    Shells? From Wikopedia: The best known form of money among the native Americans north of Mexico was wampum, made out of the shells of a type of clam.

    OMG – A TYPE OF CLAM – I have to lie down now and put a cold compress on my head before it explodes.

  113. Paladin_11 says:

    Silly “Christians”! They should know that Jeebus himself considered the mermaid represented on the Cup (of his salvation!) as his beloved. Of course he tricked her with his loaves and fishes, turning her into a cannibal, of which she despaired. It was she who, with a flick of her tails (lovingly represented on the Cup) that rolled away the stone sealing Jeebus’ tomb, thereby proving that he had risen. However, as one of the chosen people Jeebus was unleavened and the dough was flat. This is the one error in the Cup’s representation for the mermaid’s loaves are verily round and yeasty.

    — The Book of Shultz, as recounted in “Shattered Scriptures” (sort of like “Fractured Fairy Tales”

  114. MaliBoo Radley says:

    Just remember folks, naked breasts = dirty pornography. Breasts never symbolized anything but filth dirty sex.

    Argh .. this country is insane.

  115. Trai_Dep says:

    @Hooper: Damn. Good point. Think of the mer-men!
    Good call, sir. DAMN good call!

  116. ChuckECheese says:

    Nobody has mentioned that quite a few churches across the U.S. (of the mega-type) have Starbuckses in them. This is what you get for playing footsie with mammon. Or flipper with mermaid.


  117. rachmanut says:

    the juxtaposition of “scheissen porn” and “hot liquid crack” made me throw up in my mouth a little.

  118. uberbucket says:

    Starbucks is obviously paying this poor wack-jobs to stage this little “moral outrage” campaign. If they aren’t then they are going to profit from it even more as ANY publicity is good publicity and if it’s free – even better.

  119. @SkokieGuy: LOL, I’m so there. With my best shells on. :D

    I can’t help being amused by people who feel threatened by same-sex marriage. All those committed gay people are going to ruin MY marriage? Oh teh noes, more loving committed adults in mature relationships! The horror, the horror!

  120. At least they have their priorities straight.

  121. SkokieGuy says:

    As one great gay comic once said:

    Let us marry each other and we’ll stop marrying you.

    P.S. 296,000 hits on google for Mermaid Sex

  122. Jmatthew says:

    Eyebrows McGee ,

    You rule.
    Thanks for saving all us normal Christians the typing. ;)

  123. jesmcb says:

    I am basically OK with there being fewer fundies in my starbucks line.

    Carry on, crazies.

  124. fearuncertaintydoubt says:

    She’s getting a bad rap. She’s really a happily married woman. In case you didn’t know, her husband is this guy: []

  125. blb says:

    if the religious people would stop going to the prostitutes, maybe their profession would become respectable again.

  126. sharonlives says:

    I am not a Christian, so it pains me to agree with some idiot fundamentalist group but I have to admit that I hate this new logo. I find it offensive as a woman. Why Starbucks would want to highlight a woman’s crotch on its logo is beyond my comprehension. I don’t care if she’s a mermaid, she’s not spreading her legs for nothing. I have a very associative mind and this stupid logo keeps giving me images of sailors doing it with mermaids. WHY???? I find myself exposed to mermaid crotch every morning and I kind of hate it.

    Do you people even drink Starbucks? Are you mermaid crotch-lovers or something? I usually have the cup sitting on my desk for most of the morning. I see more mermaid crotch in a single day than most people would expect to see in a lifetime. I know it’s unpopular to agree with the Christian fundamentalists, but I can’t believe that no one is willing to admit that the new logo is gross. I mean come on… it’s sailors doing it with mermaids!!!

    To clarify: I hate it just enough to write this post, but not enough to actually boycott the coffee! Thank goodness it’s only temporary. I will try to avert my eyes for a few more weeks.

  127. se7a7n7 says:

    boys have god sticks and girls have shame caves

  128. Toof_75_75 says:

    It’s these psychos who give religion a bad name…If you don’t like it, don’t go there. There has to be something more important to be mad about… What about rap music or violent video games?! ;-)

  129. Toof_75_75 says:


  130. @ChipMcDougal: I just heard from somebody on FARK that the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are now known simply as the “Rays” because of the “Christian” wackos whining and complaining. Why not make the Cincinnati “ballclub” call themselves the “Redlegs” like they did in the McCarthy era? It’s simply asinine.

  131. Amy Alkon000 says:

    Are preteen girls who do gymnastics baby prostitutes?

  132. Seriously, though. If Starbucks can assure me that their stores are free of “Christian” fundamentalists, I’ll be glad to throw more of my business their way.

  133. Bladefist says:

    @Toof_75_75: No. There are two kinds of people, cultist and nihilist.

    You guys hate these people who so religious, but what about you, so involved in hating that religion? It sounds like the crusades, and your religion is just the lack of one. And to takes this further, wouldn’t liberalism, conservatism, be the same thing? These people feel strongly about God/morals, and go after anything that offends them. Liberals feel strongly about a set of beliefs, and attack other people who disagree. Not picking on liberals here, picking on everyone. All of you are just like these people, just in your own way. Easy on the attacks.

  134. storm says:


    Get a life, people–become a Gawker commenter!!! (;

    Seriously, I hope this boycott works out because nothing makes me homicidal in the morning than a bunch of goyim talking about god while I’m trying to get my coffee.

  135. mariospants says:

    I have to agree with the fundies here: last night I was making love to my wife in a most Christian way when I found myself seduced into making perverted fantasizations about that paganistic, earthy breast-fish mama on the Starbucks cup. I feel dirty and it is Starbucks’ fault. I am going to demand forgiveness and a book of service coupons.

    But seriously, who does the God person think he is, anyway

  136. storm says:


    So, if you disagree, you disagree. You can’t just say let’s all hold hands and be shiny happy people, it’s all relative.

    The problem with groups like this is not so much that what they are saying is retarded, it’s that they actually think that there’s some connection between the perceived ills in society and some mermaid tits and camel toe on a coffee cup.

    There isn’t.

  137. Bladefist says:

    @storm: I said earlier, in my own way, these people are nuts. So I’m guilty too. But since I’ve said that, I’ve seen a lot of passion in some of the comments here, and it makes me realize, they are just as bad. You have a group of strong anti-religion people here, attacking a string pro-religion people. What else do you call it?

  138. Bladefist says:

    Isn’t the hate for religion, a religion?

  139. rockergal says:

    no wonder Europe thinks that Americans are a bunch of prudes.

  140. SkokieGuy says:


    You have a bunch or religious and non religious people BOTH attaching a religious extremist group.

    Many non-religious people, myself included, have no issue with religious people who follow their faith and live their lives as they see fit.

    The problem develops when extremists want to control other’s behavours acording to the extremists beliefs and attempt to influence politics to legislate their beliefs into law.

    The civil war in Iraq is because of different religious factions attempt to be the dominant governmental power. Shall we have each of the religious groups and denominations that make up the American melting pot all fight to establish which religion will be dominant?

  141. Bladefist says:

    @storm: I fully agree with you. On both accounts. I don’t think we need to all hold hands. Just pointing out some hypocracy in the comments

  142. agraham999 says:

    I wrote about this crisis three days ago:


  143. SkokieGuy says:

    @agraham999: Fabulous! You should have posted your complete blog entry.

  144. johnva says:

    @sharonlives: Maybe the problem is your “very associative mind” and not the logo. I don’t want to sound mean, but it’s not really their problem if you imagine things that aren’t there when you see it. The split-tail depiction of a mermaid was not something Starbucks just invented.

  145. DrGirlfriend says:

    @sharonlives: I see no crotch on that mermaid. I see a mermaid’s tail split in two. Maybe you are looking way closer than I am at the image, in which case I would say: stop staring so hard at the crotch.

    Amd, really, that you have a “very associative mind” has nothing to do with anyone else. If your mind goes from a double mermaids tail –> crotch –> sailor/mermaid orgies, then that says more about you than it does about Starbucks.

  146. Chadarius says:

    These far right Christian groups must be full of some real sickos to see sex and evil everywhere they look.

    With minds in the gutter all the time conflicting with their so called Christian “morals”, they must be really really unhappy.

    I’m a Christian, in fact, I’m a pastor’s son and a youth pastor’s wife. I go to church almost every Sunday of my life. I find breasts to be a wonderful creation of God that bring life giving nutrition to children and frankly, they are just nice to look at :)!

    Mary breast most likely breast fed Jesus, and she had other children with Joseph. OMG! What a shocker! King David saw Bathseba bathing naked and thought she was hot and sent her husband off to war. OMG! There is sex and nudity in the Bible!

    They should get over themselves. Boobies are good. I say we should see more of them on our packaging.

  147. Chadarius says:

    Hrm… youth pastor’s husband… yeesh I need some coffee!

  148. AnselHydra says:

    I originally posted the following comment on the Star Tribune’s article.

    “Population of the USA 300 million, people in this “Christian group”
    3000. Percentage=.001%. Amount of news coverage on something this
    minuscule is ridiculous. How many people died in Asian in the past 2
    weeks? 500,000? I know that the news cycle on this natural disasters
    is tapped to the limit, but I am just trying to get my mind around the
    importance of something like this article in the grand scheme of
    things. No wonder the newspapers are losing readerships.”

    However know I am forced to comment on it here. First off this was
    reported about a week ago on like the 7th or 8th by other sources so
    old news. Secondly to go in conjunction with my earlier comment stop
    perpetuating this BS. This little group probably had a webpage up of
    conspiracy theories (I don’t know I refuse to google them and give
    them more attention for this crap). Then someone came across the page
    and decided to report on it somewhere and it just keeps spinning out
    of control. You are empowering this asinine behavior by reporting it.
    Next thing you know they will be on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and who knows
    where else. Where if the first people that read this realized that it
    was just a of crazies or people that aren’t right in the head and then
    after realizing this they ignored it, this wouldn’t have gotten so
    far. 1st reporter shouldn’t have reported it, 2nd Editor should have
    nixed the idea if it got past the reporters keen eye…. 3rd It should
    have only stayed on the one and first site that reported this and that
    was it 4th People should have read some of it and realized it was junk
    and just stopped there. Instead of any of these filters working it has
    progressed into probably more members joining this group and
    empowering these people. Also it is showing how horrible our (USA)
    standard of news has become it allow this.

    Oh I could keep going and going this is ridiculous.

  149. factotum says:

    Is it just me or does the mermaid look like she’s had a few too many Frappucinos?

  150. SkokieGuy says:

    Would you say her mermaid-breasts are tall, grande or venti?

    I’m really going to try and stop now…….really.

    Did ya ever notice that biscotti are kinda penis shaped?


  151. johnva says:

    @Chadarius: Yes, the Bible itself is much more open about sex and the human body than a lot of contemporary Christians (or at least Christians in the mold of “The Resistance”). You’d almost think they hadn’t actually read it carefully. The fear of sex and nudity started much later. Personally, I think it’s more sick and perverted to treat it as a dirty, shameful thing than to acknowledge it and be open about it.

  152. whatsthisnow says:

    As I drank my morning crack, I was thinking the mermaid lady looked sexy with those few extra pounds. Hadn’t she always been topless?

  153. @Bladefist: “What else do you call it?”

    A generalized lack of compassion and understanding. It’s just too easy to say, “Well, they think differently than I do, so they’re stupid/wrong/evil.” It’s the easiest kind of intellectual laziness, and one of the most pernicious kinds. I feel strongly on certain topics, but I at least attempt to understand why people feel differently than I do. People ALWAYS have a reason. Sometimes an incredibly stupid reason, but it’s still a reason. A little understanding of those reasons and a little compassion for the people involved goes a long, long way.

    (You’d love what I do to my students to make them learn this lesson. :D )

  154. ironchef says:

    amazing how christians freak out over the human body.

  155. womynist says:

    Are people really still this uncomfortable with the human form in it’s natural state? And why is it that the “Christians” are the ones who always seem to be thinking about sex–deviant, disgusting, sinful sex…

  156. cmdrsass says:

    @ironchef: They’re one step below Islam in the human body freakout factor, but yes.

  157. BlackFlag55 says:

    Sweet babbling buddha. I’m a bone deep Christian since 8 years old, and this is the sort of stupid buttinsky nonsense that gives the rest of us a bad rep. Well, that and the Big Haired people on the Christian Mafia Channel, I mean … TBN. Well, and televagelists begging for money. And Rome. And …. never, mind.

  158. SpdRacer says:

    @MayorBee: It is bad enough the original is still burned into my retina, but now I have that picture in my head!

  159. Bladefist says:

    @Eyebrows McGee: Well then that makes you one of the most intelligent people here. I know a couple people here who could learn from that.

  160. jjason82 says:

    As a Christian, I’d just like to say that not all of us are like this. These are fundamentalists, who take things way too far. A lot of us are sane, so please don’t see this example and take it to mean that ALL Christians are like this.

  161. theblackdog says:

    Someone told me that it’s not a mermaid, it’s actually a two-tailed siren.

    That might explain why Starbucks is so popular.

  162. You hate your job but you're still working there? says:


  163. @Bladefist: No, it isn’t, and that’s a simplistic and specious argument often employed by those with faith to attempt to expose hypocrisy in those without. An antipathy toward religion, and/or toward the practitioners thereof, does not require the willful suppression of rational thought, the acceptance of the the existence of phenomena without any empirical substantiation, etc. It’s not faith, it’s simply an attitude. A distasteful attitude, perhaps, but not a religion.

  164. drjayphd says:

    @Jabberkaty: The problem will never be solved until we have boobs on our boobs.

  165. Anonymous says:

    Breasts are awesome. All women have them. I guess I fail to see where the sin is?

  166. elephantattack says:

    I’m a Christian, this isn’t offensive… That sure doesn’t make it any less CREEPY!
    I thought the new, now old, logo was better anyways.

    Is this some kind of… Sex appeal or something? Starbucks isn’t making enough money they have to invent things like this to sell more? I don’t get it.

    …Ahh I get that joke in Idiocracy now… Wow, didn’t know Mike Judge took this so LITERAL!

  167. DeafLEGO says:

    Looks like she is spreading her legs… in an uncomfortable way but still spreading them… for… ???

  168. Trai_Dep says:

    @agraham999: Wow. Until I read your blog (excellent post, btw), it passed my attention that these neanderthals didn’t recognize her being a mermaid. How can you not recognize a mermaid?!
    I get the feeling these are the same sorts that think Harry Potter is devil worship. As was CS Lewis things, until Big Daddy told them it was a Christian allegory. Err, once someone defined “allegory” to them.
    They really are strange, isolated, broken people. With sex-for-hire on the brain, obviously. Hmmmmmm…

    Disclaimer: I have a lot of friends that I respect immensely that follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, who was a pretty swell guy when you listen to his words. Shame some Christians don’t listen as carefully.

  169. donkeyjote says:

    @Bladefist: No, Bible Thumpers are the ones that loudly and whiningly judge you.

  170. dohtem says:

    @dago_31: Well they know how their dirty molesting priests do!

    Disclaimer: I am a Christian but will never forgive the atrocities of Catholic Priests.

  171. donkeyjote says:

    @fearuncertaintydoubt: I don’t even want to know the physics involved with leviathan/normal human sized person secks.

    @Bladefist: No, a religion is an (unsupported) belief along with some set of rituals. Not believing in god is not a religion.

  172. @scarletvirtue (ΣΣΣ): trying this again … my HTML skills really suck today.
    @SkokieGuy: “And this relates to Starbucks how? Ahhh, well if it becomes legal for me to marry, I’ll serve Starbucks at the reception, yeah, that’s it.

    I love that idea – and since it’s (finally) legal for me to get married, then cake and Starbucks it is!

  173. mattbrown says:

    I would totally fuck that mermaid with two tails.

  174. Lambasted says:

    I am an Agnostic so I do wish the Bible Thumpers of America would STFU and mind their own self-righteous business!
    However, damn that is one ugly logo. And don’t be naive. Of course Starbucks meant for her to look like she is spreading her legs…oops, tails. But I am not offended by the supposed illicit aspect of it, I am offended by how cheesy and tacky it looks. The overall effect of the logo is just ridiculous.

    A chubby, spread-tailed mermaid with seaweed on her head. Yep, now I am in the mood for some coffee. Absurd.

    First nasty coffee, now laughable logos. Will Starbucks ever stop offending?

  175. u1itn0w2day says:

    There’s some subliminal advertising here but really,you have to stare it to even start going sinner.

    The fact that Starbucks ‘studied’ the new logo and considered the logo to as ‘seductive’ as the coffee itself tells me they a have a target customer with this ‘modified’ logo.There very well might have been some thought here but really.

    Now wether this is as evil as showing single frame pictures of popcorn and soda during a movie I don’t know.I still think most are buying coffee are going for a rush or comfort food and not looking for some action.As a matter of fact you want to keep customers in a Starbucks completely satisfied with their coffe,food and internet spending MONEY and not thinking about something else.

    And after spending 5$-10$ a visit you won’t have any money left for anything else.It’s the price stupid:not the menu,not the logo or not untrained barristas:it’s the PRICE.

  176. I am a Christian not offended by that. wow. unfortunately “the resistance” has to be associated with me somehow now.

    they represent a group of SO-CALLED “Christians” looking to be offended by anything.

    its getting to the point these days where I hate the term “Christian” because it gives the wrong connotation to a lot of people that do not deserve it.

    there are dumb Christians just as much as there are dumb s people in the world.. it happens. its just some fundamentalist crazy group getting off their rocker.

    those are the same kind of people that probably think any “nude art” is absolutely wrong. obnoxious.

  177. ^ “dumb s people” means “dumb (insertothergroupshere) people”

  178. Me. says:

    I’m surprised no one was offended by the old logo. The old siren was obviously having sex with a zebra…

  179. lestat730 says:

    Reminds me a quote I heard somewhere once ‘It’s not the gods I fear but those who claim to speak for them.’

  180. VikingP77 says:

    I think its an ugly design. Typical of Christian groups to complain about nonsense but not actually be upset with the suffering in the world. The flaw of all religions…

  181. TK says:

    It’s the same group that says “think of the children” while feeding kids junk food.

  182. skilled1 says:

    Can people bitch about stupider stuff? Don’t like it go get a coffee from mcdonalds. Jesus.

  183. Angryrider says:

    Here is the answer to why this mermaid has two tails.

  184. P_Smith says:

    Anybody remember Dr. Pepper and the made-up “offense” about putting the words “One nation…indivisible” on their cans, and how the fuckwit christians got tight-assed about the words “under god” not being on the cans?

    The fuckwit christians in this case won’t be satisfied unless the “star” in Starbucks is a four-pointed star shaped like a crucifix and the female is changed to a virgin mary praying next to it.

    This does not infer that I call all christians fuckwits, merely those who feel the need to foist their beliefs on others. If you can’t tell the difference, chances are you are one of said fuckwits.

  185. u1itn0w2day says:

    Some information on subliminal advertising [] .Makes you wonder why the ‘considered’ the change.Is anybody going to an inferno-I don’t think so.

  186. jesse0 says:

    To get a better understanding of what The Resistance is all about, I went to their website ([]) where I learned that 9-11 was an “inside job”, RFID tags will be used to track us all, Barbara Walters is a slut, and of course, I was urged to vote for Ron Paul.

    This video of what is probably the sole member of this group tells you everything you need to know about The Resistance:

  187. bombaxstar says:

    @jesse0: that guy is such a fucking tool.

  188. CyberSkull says:

    Hey people, the time to have objected to the woodcut would have been 500 years ago, when it was made. It’s damn tame and inoffensive. Why not try to tackle a real issue?

  189. swagv says:

    Where can I sign up to boycott Christian groups?