Today, coffee is about as crucial to our daily life as water or sleep. Frankly, the way it's used as a replacement for both suggests it's even more important. We love it. We crave it. We drink it so much we've gotten around to convincing ourselves it's unquestionably good for us.
With that in mind, it's no surprise that coffee is so often present in scenes of our favorite TV shows. Many of these series make every effort to appear as realistic as possible, and the black stuff (or various shades of brown if you're into cream and sugar) is, thus, a go-to prop in scenes on the go, and even a plot device to give two characters an excuse to converse in a new environment.
Sadly, due to the dangers presented in using real, spillable coffee, most of the time the cups and mugs you see on TV are totally empty. One crusading media critic and professor, Myles McNutt, is here to cry foul over this cheating of realism, and he's got years of tracking the trend to back up his arguments.
Dubbed the #EmptyCupAwards, McNutt's longtime gripe with coffee cups on TV has come to a head on Slate in the form of an investigative video more than four minutes long. In it, he skewers several shows such as Gilmore Girls, Supergirl, and Silicon Valley, fully acknowledging that most people probably don't notice the careless flinging around of empty coffee cups that would spill everywhere if full. That said, he does happen to notice, and thinks TV should overall pay more attention to simple details that can be the difference between authentic and fake.
So grab a cup of joe and scoff along with McNutt below:
(H/T: The A.V. Club)
Cover image: Slate