A plain, solid red Starbucks coffee cup as a veiled political statement? Maybe it's simply a corporate printing cost-cutting measure? Maybe it's a wink to China's Communist red? This dynamic reminds me of surrealist painter Rene Magritte's The Treachery of Images. This work clearly shows a smoker's pipe despite the fact that the artist wrote in neat French cursive beneath it: “This is not a pipe.” Both above instances examples of mind-bending perception. Real head-scratchers: Rorschach tests to ponder while sipping that $4 cup of morning Joe.
In today's hypersensitive society, it seems any minutia—even the absence of a snowflake pattern on a beverage receptacle—inexplicably rises to the level of a newspaper-reported “controversy?” Even Freud acknowledged that sometimes “a cigar is just a cigar” and moved on. The Washington Post should drink up and follow suit.