The Empty Cup Awards are here to raise awareness for an important TV issue.

The Most Infuriating Thing on Television: Unrealistic Acting With Empty Coffee Cups

The Most Infuriating Thing on Television: Unrealistic Acting With Empty Coffee Cups

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
May 10 2016 8:32 AM

The Most Infuriating Thing on Television: Unrealistic Acting With Empty Coffee Cups

Empty-cup-awards

Still

There are moments when the “realism” of television breaks down: when framed photographs are poorly photoshopped, when video chats are unrealistically high-quality, and when driving scenes are staged using some very obvious rear projection. But for me the biggest threat to realism on television is something you may never have considered: the way that coffee cups that are supposedly full of coffee are plainly empty.

This video attempts to better understand both why this happens and why it bothers me as much as it does. My hope is it can help solve my problem, whether we define that problem as the emptiness of the cups (please support this cause on social media by using #EmptyCupAwards hashtag) or my own obsession with them.

Myles McNutt is an assistant professor of communication at Old Dominion University and writes cultural criticism at his personal blog, Cultural Learnings.

 

Daniel Hubbard is a writer, editor, and director living in New York City.