Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino Shows The Problem With How We Talk About Food

by Brianna Kirkham

The new, perfectly Snapchat-able frozen drink from Starbucks is already pissing people off. There’s a good chance your one friend from high school has already shared a photo of the Unicorn Drink’s nutrition label with a caption like, “Ummmm… no thanks! That’s more sugar than three Snicker’s bars! *puking emoji*”

Media outlets have also joined in to inform-shame grown ass adults about what they’re putting in their bodies. BuzzFeed posted a groundbreaking article under their Health section titled, “Here’s What’s Actually In The Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino.” Spoiler alert: it’s sugar. Hot take, guys.

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And if you want to feel really good about yourself, USA Today shared a “Unicorn Workout” which claims it can burn off the calories from one drink, and looks exhaustingly terrifying. To top it off, the lifestyle website POPSUGAR wrote, “One sip of the Unicorn Frappuccino might give you diabetes,” …which is stupid.

Of course, this hate comes from people who feel empowered rejecting internet trends and who get off by telling people the things they like are bad. Here’s the deal, everyone knows there’s a lot of sugar in every Starbucks frap. If you comment on your friend’s photo of the drink to tell them nutrition facts, which they already have access to, it’s another way of saying, “Wow, are you sure you should be drinking that?”

Calorie and fat-shaming are already rampant online, so it’s important to understand our friends on social media are perfectly aware and capable of making their own decisions. Worry ’bout yourself, mmkay?

Top photo via Starbucks Newsroom

Published April 21, 2017

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