- Dakota Johnson, Heidi Gardner and Chloe Fineman destroyed the Stanley Cup craze in a brutal SNL sketch
- The SNL skit exaggerates Stanley Cup owner stereotypes like frequent trips to Target and Christmas décor obsessions
- Visual gags feature bottle heels, an air fryer cup and bottles as fake pregnancy bellies – to the delight of viewers
- Jokes touch on privilege blindness, disposable consumerism and sustainability issues behind the phenomenon
The hysteria over Stanley‘s limited-edition water bottles has now reached sketch comedy status. Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live brutally mocked the Stanley cup craze in a hilarious skit that left viewers cackling with glee.
Big Dumb Cups and The Stanley Cup Craze
In the four-minute segment entitled “Big Dumb Cups,” actresses Dakota Johnson, Heidi Gardner and Chloe Fineman dressed up like lame Utah influencers as they introduced Stanley’s latest stainless steel cup products. Posing the question, Fineman asks “Are you between 12 and 70 and go to Target every damn day?” A not-so-subtle jab at the brand’s suburban fanbase.
As Gardner jokes, “Have women killed for this cup? Almost, and a bunch.” A sly reference to the outlandish videos of customers brawling over Stanley cups in retail stores.
But the jokes don’t end there. Johnson rips Stanley cup collectors who “start decorating for Christmas tomorrow.” While Fineman pretends to taste bacteria in her drink. And maybe a little lead too. Ever pushing boundaries, SNL even squeezed in a dark joke about the cups surviving a car explosion when owners tragically would not.
The skit escalates into sheer absurdity with ridiculous visual gags. Fineman dons a pair of Stanley heels, while Johnson shares she “Upgraded to the new Ugg Stanley” that tastes like foot.
There’s a even a bit where Gardner pretends to air fry food with her Stanley water bottle. Towards the end of the skit, one of their cups grows a pregnancy belly and a sonogram shows that its pregnant with another cup. A tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the brand has become akin to birthing children for its cult followers.
Fans flooded YouTube praising the deadpan wit of the SNL skit. One viewer applauded the portrayal of “basic ass wannabe white girl[s].” Another Colorado resident confirmed the bottles’ ubiquity saying, “These women have been my neighbors too.” Proving SNL’s biting satire hit remarkably close to home.
The Stanley Cup Lead Problem
In recent weeks, Stanley landed in hot water after admitting their manufacturing process involves lead. The confession raised alarms that broken cups could expose consumers to the dangerous heavy metal. Never one to shy from controversy, SNL incorporated the alarming news having Gardner joke mid-sip “I’m getting lead.”
Big Dumb Cups, Hats, Cars, And Excessive Consumerism
The SNL sketch “Big Dumb Cups” SNL brilliantly ridicules the Stanley phenomenon. While based in humor, the skit underscores real tensions about privilege, consumerism and sustainability. Gardner pointedly states it’s “more than just a cup, it’s a big cup” hinting at the excessive nature of the Stanley water bootle trend.
In trademark SNL fashion, the show nails precisely what makes the Stanley craze so ripe for parody. From the hyper-enthusiastic buyers to the outrageous marketing claims, no stone is left unturned in mocking America’s latest consumer obsession.
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