This Controversy Has Been So Worth It
The actor who played the now-infamous Peloton husband, the man who basically humiliated his commercial wife by giving her an exercise bike for Christmas, has now given his real-life girlfriend a Peloton. Life has come full circle.
Peloton Actor Just As Bad As Peloton Husband
"Peloton husband," aka actor Sean Hunter, has revealed that he got his significant other one of the famous standing bikes for Christmas.
He shared a picture on his Instagram page to prove it. His girlfriend seems pretty happy sitting on the bike. And like the actress in the commercial, she appears just as fit, and most certainly does not need an exercise bike in the first place.
Hunter wrote underneath the photo: “Here’s hoping this goes over better the second time… Merry Christmas to my actual girlfriend (please don’t leave me).”
If You Haven't Seen This, Consider Yourself Lucky
Hunter's Instagram message makes reference to the much-talked-about commercial, which got many people in an uproar for giving the impression that the man's wife was simply not good enough for him.
In the original Peloton ad, a husband surprises a wife with that brand's exercise bike. During the commercial, the woman is clearly hesitant to get on the thing, then is somehow pleasantly surprised when she realizes she keeps going back to the bike, day after day.
OMG You've Ruined My Self-Esteem
As her "year" comes to a close, the Peloton wife shares a video with Peloton husband, showing him how much the exercise bike has changed her life. She looks the same as she did at the beginning of the year!
On top of that, the commercial shows Peloton wife with Peloton daughter -- you know that Peloton wife is busy enough with her without having to get up at the crack of dawn to hop on a bike.
Hunter spoke out earlier this month about the ad, saying his original intentions were pure.
“A few comments from my friends came in and the overall consensus was that it was awesome, one even mentioning, ‘I always knew you would make the big time.’ I appreciated the compliments, but in my eyes, it was just a small role. I was simply grateful for the experience.”
Check Yourself, Peloton Husband
But now that the ad has a permanent icky aura about it, Hunter is worried about his future as an actor.
He told Psychology Today:
"As my face continues to be screen shot online, I wonder what repercussions will come back to me. I pride myself on being a great teacher and developing actor, and I can only hope that this affects neither."
As we've said before, Hunter -- a straight white male -- will have no difficulty finding further work in his chosen profession.
Hunter has even given himself the handle Pelotonhusband, totally leaning into the controversy, so, really, how worried is he?