Starbucks Is Getting Sued Over Their Unicorn Frappuccino
In case you were looking for another sign that the end is near, a Brooklyn-area coffee shop is suing Starbucks over the disgusting Unicorn Frappuccino. Starbucks’ limited-time drink, which was almost universally panned as tasting “like actual shit,” took the internet by storm, with zillions of people posting images of the pink and blue drink on social media. However, the Brooklyn coffee spotÂ The EndÂ wants the world to know that they thought of the drink FIRST, so nah nah nah nah nah and btw, StarbucksÂ owes them $10 millionÂ for copyright infringement.
Back in December of 2016 (a simpler time), The End debuted the “Unicorn Latte,” a blue concoction made ofÂ â€œcold-pressed ginger, lemon juice, dates, cashews, blended with additional healthy, dried ingredients such as maca root, blue-green algae, and vanilla bean.” Mmm, algae. Four months later, Starbucks broke the internet with their “Unicorn Frappuccino,” which The End’s lawsuit notes is made of “milk, artificial sweeteners, color additives, and pinches of fruit juice concentrate for flavor.” IDK, in a cage match between blue algae and artificial sweeteners, I’m probably gonna be #TeamSplenda.
In January, The End filed for a trademark on their Unicorn Latte. Everything was hunky dory in Williamsburg until April, when Starbucks unveiled their gross-ass frap, and that’s when The End got super-mad. According to the lawsuit they filed in a Brooklyn Federal Court, the Starbucks marketing crew promoted their “deceptively similar beverage as the main (if not only) ‘unicorn’ beverage on social media.” Because of this,Â “the coordinated social media blitz orchestrated by Starbucks drowned out the fame that any coffee shop in Brooklyn could obtain.” OMFG.
The End is also pissed because everyone thinks their Unicorn Latte is a “copycat” of Starbucks’ barftastic drink. They say this has caused themÂ “derision and ridicule.” SERIOUSLY! Starbucks responded in a statement, â€œWe are aware of the claims and believe they are without merit. The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino blended beverage was inspired by the fun, spirited and colorful unicorn-themed food and drinks that have been trending in social media.”
Unicorn-themed food and drinks like…a unicorn latte? I love you Starbucks, but you’re suspect.
Before you feel too bad for The End, get this: the Unicorn Latte costs NINE FUCKING DOLLARS. Now I want to sue.
Â (Image: Instagram / @thendbrooklyn)