Dec 8, 2019 4:37 PM PST
Sean Hunter, the man who starred as the husband in the new Peloton bike commercial, was the target of social media vitriol claims a new report from TMZ. Earlier this week, Saturday Night Live mocked the new commercial in which Mr. Hunter starred, and unfortunately, Sean didn’t get the last laugh.
While out in Hermosa Beach, California, on Saturday night, Mr. Hunter spoke with reporters from the aforementioned outlet and took some shots at SNL. Reportedly, the commercial featured a man who is trying to get his wife to purchase an exercise bike for Christmas.
In case you didn’t watch the episode of Saturday Night Live, Colin Jost took a shot at the commercial, referring to it as sexist among other criticisms. Mr. Hunter said to TMZ that the joke felt a bit “frustrating” to him.
Speaking with TMZ, Sean explained that he thought SNL was merely facilitating a narrative and perception which was never really the point of the advertisement in the first place. In other words, Sean believes they misunderstood the commercial.
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Let me first say this. – I know this post will have some backlash. – I know this will make some people upset. – I know I’m probably going to lose some ‘follows’ from it. – But that’s okay because this needs talked about. – Let me just say this—if the #peloton ad offended you m, your shit is broken. – It’s absolutely sad how much was pulled out of context with that ad. – Could Peloton have done a better job with the ad? Sure. But some of the statements people have pulled from that video are just ridiculous. – The very first thing I’m commercial shows is how excited & happy the women is to get the bike—almost as if she wanted it (gasp 🙀). – The she proceeds to happily VLOG her experience on the day to day—again, almost as if she wanted it (gasp again🙀). – Side note—it’s 2019, vloging shit like this is a thing. – Now, before people freak the royal fuck out in the comments here about why she is so nervous… I’ve been coaching people professionally for almost a decade, and it is 100% normal to be scared & anxious before starting ANY journey such as a peloton program, joining a gym, starting a yoga class, or buying resistance bands from Walmart. – Then at the end of the video she shows her husband how much this overall experience of exercise & keeping disciplined has changed her & she’s grateful. – She’s grateful. – To be honest with the crazy speculations people are extrapolating from the ad you’d think there’d be some extrapolation of her ASKING FOR THE BIKE FOR CHRISTMAS. – Nah, that makes no sense 🤦♀️ – Again, I see no issues. – The last thing I see people getting butthurt about is her being skinny already & how terrible that is. – People almost forget that exercise & fitness go far beyond looks & weight loss. – To be totally honest I don’t think peloton could have ‘won’ not matter who they picked. – Thin actress: people outraged. – Overweight actress: it’s ‘fat shaming.’ – Female actress: they’re sexist. – Male actress: they’re still sexist. – Maybe they should have put a German Shepard on the bike so no one gets their feelings hurt… At the end of the day people can actually enjoy exercise as a whole for reasons way bigger than ‘weight loss.’
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As a result, Hunter claims he has been the target of social media trolling ever since the episode of the show aired. Additionally, Sean claims he was entertained by the new commercial put on by Aviation Gin in which his co-star, Monica Ruiz, starred.
As for whether or not Sean intends on getting a Peloton bike for his partner, the star is an elementary school teacher, but he was in the LA shop earlier on Saturday. Regardless of whether or not the criticism from Saturday Night Live was warranted or not, this wouldn’t be the first time a company faced criticism for an advertisement.
The Chinese division for the car-makers, Audi, once came under fire for inadvertently comparing the purchase of a new automobile to getting a new wife.
In the commercial, a woman can be seen on her wedding day receiving an inspection from her mother who humiliatingly counts all of her teeth while she’s on the alter. The commercial came out two years ago in 2017.