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We're All Scared Of This Ad

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The actress who played that scared, freaked out woman getting on her Peloton exercise bike for the first time says she blames herself for the controversial video.

The commercial is supposed to carry a positive message: A woman gets a Peloton exercise bike for Christmas, and she's just so excited to get this wonderful gift. She decides to use it religiously (we don't know if she exercised every day, but we can assume she at least got on the bike regularly.)

Then she shares the selfie videos with her husband as she tells him how it's changed her life.

Wow Thanks For This Gift Of Hard Work

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Part of the uproar about the ad was the look on the actress' face as she gets on the bike for the first time.

Her expression is meant to convey excitement about the journey ahead; instead, it says "yikes now I have to do this all the time because my husband bought me this, and I'd better do it because I think he wants me to lose weight. Yaye."

The woman already looks great. There's no need for her to get on an exercise bike -- she's already taking care of her daughter; she's busy enough.

Ruiz Blames Her Eyebrows

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The actress, Monica Ruiz, spoke with Hoda Kotb on the "Today" show to talk about the ad and the negative impact it's had on her and others.

Ruiz says the backlash to the ad is her face and the way she looks scared and worried at the same time. Ruiz specifically says it was her eyebrows that fueled the controversy.

It's more likely that the underlying message of the ad -- that she's not good enough for her husband, and now she must work on her body to please him -- that's got people enraged.

He's Got Nothing To Worry About

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The "Peloton Husband," played by actor Sean Hunter, says right now he's worried about how this is going to affect his career down the line.

He'll be just fine -- he's a good-looking white man, so he has no cause for concern.

He Says He Doesn't Want Any 'Taint' From the Commercial

Hunter told Psychology Today about his fears of repercussions from the Peloton ad.

“As my face continues to be screen shot online, I wonder what repercussions will come back to me,” Hunter said.

“It’s really hard to improve when all feedback goes against any type of growth. I currently sit here hoping that I’ll be able to continue auditioning for commercials without any taint, and that if my students happen to find the commercial and recognize me, they won’t think about me any different than they already know me. After all, this commercial has nothing to do with my ability to teach or who I am.”

Take a Breath

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Ruiz has landed on her feet. She recently appeared in another ad, which tosses direct shade at the warped Peloton ad.

She's having a drink of Aviation gin with two other women, and she's acting like she really, really needs a break. One of the women tells her "you're safe here," and the other tells her that she looks really good.

The three toast to "new beginnings," something the entire internet wants to do.

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