Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

"Peloton Husband" Speaks Out

Sean Hunter, an actor and elementary school teacher in Vancouver, Canada, wrote a long response to Psychology Today about his experience with the commercial, which he shot in September, claiming when the clip was posted months later, it was "well received".

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The 30-second commercial features Hunter as a husband who gives his wife a Peloton for Christmas. I soon noticed that the commercial had several thousand down votes as the tweets came out and talk shows weighed in. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

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Hunter cited a number of viral tweets, including one which said that there's 'absolutely a '100% chance that the husband in the Peloton ad is abusive'.

Other tweets denouncing the ad as sexist also began to make an impact on Hunter. Well, except for the one that texted him to say that he'd become "a symbol of the patriarchy".

Filming the commercial had been "a wonderful time", Hunter said, and his acting coach gave him positive notes for his performance - but now he fears the repercussions from becoming one of the two faces of the ad.

'I pride myself on being a great teacher and developing actor, and I can only hope that this affects neither, ' he says. "I think the acting was corny because it was overdramatic" (Jeannie Mai, The Real Daytime). She is not that powerful woman who is in charge of everything. "A year ago, I didn't realize how much this would change me", she says. It's an interesting commercial to say the least, but it's mostly baffling.

'Am I allowed to view the commercial positively after receiving such negative feedback? "She is expressing that very female trait of 'Oh can I do this?'.a little bit of doubt and these people can't take it because they're nuts", Shillue opined. The aftermath of the commercial has left me with more questions than answers, and this is only half the story. "I reflect on what my co-actor must be dealing with, as she's the other 25 seconds of the story", he says.

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