A New Viral Starbucks Cup is Here on The Viral List

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Starbucks has unveiled new spring-themed cups (to mixed responses), a campaign from upcoming film Ghost in the Shell backfires, a Millennial woman standing up against racial abuse is being called a hero, and more links that are trending right now…

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingA New Viral Starbucks Cup is Here!

For the first time ever, Starbucks is debuting limited-edition spring-themed cups, and as expected they’re already generating plenty of buzz online. The retailer has run into trouble in the recent years for their holiday cups with a more minimalist design, with many debating whether the lack of Christmas symbols was an attack on Christianity. Their new cups sport a clean aesthetic, coming in three pastel colors inspired by Pantone’s spring trends. Instead of the famous logo, each cup has an empty white circle for customers to decorate themselves, or a simple doodle to inspire creativity. Internet response so far has generated mixed emotions, with many anticipating potential backlash.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingGhost in the Shell’s Campaign Backfires

Soon to be released film Ghost in the Shell has sparked outrage over whitewashing thanks to its casting of Scarlett Johansson as an Asian character, and critics have highjacked the movie’s latest campaign to express their displeasure. A new promotional video showcasing Johansson’s character is leading viewers to a site where they can create meme-like images with the film’s tagline. The prompt has led to a viral response, with many using the opportunity to speak out against the film with messages calling out the casting. One Twitter user who uploaded her creations—including one with a picture of Johansson and the caption “I am not Japanese”—has been retweeted over 6,000 times and liked by over 8,000.

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A video of a young woman standing up…

 
 

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Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

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