Saturday Night Live is the latest to comment on the fidget spinner trend.
In last Saturday’s episode, Vanessa Bayer played a woman who kept complaining at a nice cocktail party. She didn't like the people and couldn't eat the food, among other concerns.
“You love her, you cherish her, but let’s face it... she’s a lot,” the narrator says. “Give her something to distract her.”
The solution? A diamond-encrusted gold fidget spinner from Cartier. Made of 14-karat gold and embedded with princess-cut diamonds, the spoof claims that the gift is designed to “calm her because she, quote, has anxiety.”
The fake commercial jokes that she can only take cabs because she has a terrible Uber rating, drops her trendy Starbucks Frappuccino wherever she likes, and has been reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch for two years. But the fidget spinner appears to catch Bayer's attention instantly: For the rest of the party, she keeps her eyes on the trendy toy.
Like the bottle flipping craze that school children were obsessed with last fall, fidget spinners have been credited with getting kids (and perhaps people like Bayer’s SNL character) to unplug. But it’s not just a low-tech way for kids to play: Behavioral specialists have been using similar fidget tools for years to help patients with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, and anxiety-related conditions. All you have to do is pinch the center between two fingers and give it a whirl.
After seeing a surge in popularity this year, the toys—though useful for some—have caused a fair amount of controversy over the past few months. Some schools have gone so far as to ban fidget spinners. As indicated by this spoof, one thing is for sure: the low-tech gadget has certainly started a conversation.