Danny Gonzales Starbucks Controversy depicting a screenshot from his video with a Starbucks coffee cup circled in red.

Danny Gonzales Starbucks Controversy

Updated May 21, 2024 at 05:45PM EDT by Zach.

Added May 21, 2024 at 02:39PM EDT by Mateus.

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Overview

The Danny Gonzales Starbucks Controversy refers to criticism towards YouTuber and TikToker Danny Gonzales after a Starbucks coffee cup was spotted by netizens on the creator's table in his latest video posted in mid-May 2024. Fans subsequently criticized the YouTuber's lack of a stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict and for buying the coffee, as Starbucks was facing numerous boycotts across the world in 2024 for allegedly supporting and even funding the Israeli government. On the same day, Gonzales posted an apology text on YouTube stating his support for Palestine.

Background

On May 20th, 2024, YouTuber[1] Danny Gonzales uploaded a video titled "Recreating Insane DadToks," which mostly focused on the YouTuber trying to imitate funny dad TikTok videos. At minute 4:21 of the video, a half-empty Starbucks coffee cup is used to support his phone while he tries to recreate a viral video (shown below). The video amassed more than 1 million views and 99,000 likes in a day.



Developments

Starbucks Cup Criticism

Shortly after the video was uploaded, some fans of the creator started to spot the Starbucks coffee cup and criticize the lack of position from Gonzales about the Israel-Hamas war.

For instance, on May 21st, 2024, TikTok[2] user @flowinggbrooke posted a video captioned "me when I'm watching a recent Danny Gonzales vid and spot the Starbucks cup in frame." The video (seen below) received roughly 740 plays and 40 likes in less than a day.

@flowinggbrooke medicore coffee is NOT worth it #dannygonzalez #freepalestine #keys ♬ Roblox horror music – roblox.content4you

Danny Gonzale's Response

On May 21st, 2024, Gonzales posted a statement on YouTube[3] apologizing for the Starbucks cup and his "ignorance on the boycott." He also mentioned he "will do better in the future" and shared an Instagram post to "learn and support the people of Palestine." The apology (seen below) amassed over 53,000 likes in less than a day. (shown below).


Danny Gonzalez há 16 horas I am seeing some comments about the Starbucks cup in my new video and I just wanted to apologize for my ignorance on the boycott. As someone who thinks the ethnic cleansing happening in Palestine is horrible I should definitely do better to stay informed and truth be told during this time in my life I have been spending as little time on social media and news outlets as possible so there is a lot I don't see. I totally understand that seeing the Starbucks cup can look like I'm picking the side of this corporation that has been standing in the way of people standing up for Palestine, I will do better in the future gang I'm sorry. There are a lot of great places you can go to learn and support the people of Palestine right now but special shout out to creators for Palestine run by a bunch of creators I'm friends with! https://www.instagram.com/p/C61ttvFPX... Mostrar menos 53 mil

Online Reactions

The controversy and apology were largely met with criticism after it was uploaded in mid-May 2024. Some fans also commented on his video defending the content creator, like user @JDE830,[4] who said "Those who say Danny supports genocide because he got a cup of coffee know that you are losing yourselves in your cause." The comment (shown below, top) received more than 200 likes in less than a day.

Also on May 21st, 2024, YouTube[4] user @OwlBard[5] commented on Gonzales' video "How half these comments are acting like he's deliberately showing off his Starbucks cup as an act of malice and genocide support." The comment amassed roughly 14 likes in less than a day. (shown below, right)


@JDE830 há 12 horas (editado) J To all of those who say Danny supports genocide because he got a cup of coffee know that you are loosing yourselves in your cause. I understand your anger, but that anger makes you completely blind and prevent you to see that Danny is just a busy father that just got a cup of coffee without any political thought behind it yet get accused of supporting genocide. Danny is for nothing in what happens in Gaza and his actions has no effect on the situation, idk guys he just is not the ennemy Instead of attacking him (which I agree is easier but has no effect and to others discredit your cause), maybe consider getting engaged by getting in the way of people who actually makes decisions about the conflict (especially those who read this and are from the US) PS: loved your video Danny ❤ @OwlBard há 2 horas I like how half these comments are acting like he's deliberately showing off his Starbucks cup as an act of malice and genocide support (he's clearly not), even after the fact that he said he was unaware of the situation in his community post and he apologized. Nothing is good enough for you people. →

Redditors also mentioned the Starbucks cup controversy, as user @Admirable-Hand7701[6] posted on May 20th, a still image from Gonzales' video showing the coffee cup (seen below) and the caption "Well isn’t this disappointing? He literally has friends supporting Palestine and speaking up about it." The post amassed 36 comments in a day.


r/DannyGonzalez ⚫ 21 hr. ago Admirable-Hand7701 Starbucks? w-- danny Question/Help/Discussion s well isn't this disappointing? He literally has friends supporting Palestine and speaking up about it...

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External References

[1] YouTube – Recreating Insane DadToks

[2] TikTok – flowinggbrooke

[3] YouTube – Danny Gonzales Apology

[4] YouTube – JDE830 comment

[5] YouTube – OwlBard

[6] Reddit – Starbucks? wtf danny

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