– There is no backstory,
it’s an ad! – I feel uncomfortable
reading and watching some of these. – Yeah! – (woman) To new beginnings! – I wanna see if she still
has her wedding ring on? ♪ (rock intro) ♪ – (man) Okay, ready?
– (woman) Yes! – (man) Now! – (woman) A Peloton?
– The Peloton! – I knew it, yeah. – (woman) First ride,
I’m a little nervous, but excited. Let’s do this!
– So stupid. – (woman) Are you surprised?
I am! – That’s cool, like that’s cool
that she’s like enjoying it. I feel like it’s always
so like iffy, to get like an exercise gift. If they ask for it,
then I feel like, yeah, for sure, go for it! – (woman) Let’s do this.
Five days in a row. Are you surprised?
I am. 6 AM, yay. – (instructor) Rising with the sun. – Rising with the sun!
Setting with the sun! – (woman) She just said my name! A year ago, I didn’t realize
how much this would change me. – ♪ High above me ♪
– (woman) Thank you. – (announcer) This holiday,
give the gift of Peloton. – So extra.
(laughs) Are you, I didn’t know
how much this would change me. Thank you.
Oh my gosh, sorry that’s extra. – (woman) Thank you.
– (announcer) This holiday, give the gift of Peloton.
– What change? The impossible struggle
of a woman going from 116 to 114. (laughs)
– Exactly! – That seems so life changing for her. Like exercise.
– Day 24! – (FBE) So we have more
to show you in a bit, but that was an ad
for the smart exercise bike from a company known as Peloton. What did you think
about the commercial you just watched? – I mean, I thought,
I think it’s a cool bike, ’cause like,
it’s like a personal trainer you have at home. – I kinda of biased, because
I, going to school for all of this, and exercise and stuff, I kinda get what
the commercial’s saying, like exercise really can
change someone’s life, and for the better. – I thought it was not for real
for a second. Like it doesn’t make me wanna
go out and buy this bike thing. ‘Cause she looks miserable. – She definitely looks like
it’s painful, and she didn’t want that,
and now she’s stuck doing this, and she has to video tape it
to like prove she did it or something. – I know that there’s
some controvery of like oh, the guy
gave his wife, hey, if you wanna stick with me,
give that. I didn’t see that at all.
– Mm-mm. – If I got one of those,
I’d be like “oh sweet, thank you!” – (FBE) The ad has sparked
some criticism for various reasons. Many people are
calling the ad sexist. – Okay. – (FBE) With many taking offense
to the fact that the husband gifted an exercise bike
to a woman that is seemingly,
you know, healthy. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – (FBE) Others claim that the ad
has also undertones of classism, due to the bike’s retail price
starting at $2,245. – Are you kidding me?
– Pocket change! (laughs) – (FBE) So for this episode,
we brought in only our couples to react to the backlash, and to hear
your take on the discussion. – I’m intrigued to hear
what… – I think exercise is,
it has no price to it. I see exercise as something like,
you know. – Like an investment in yourself.
– Yeah, it is an investment. – (FBE) Here’s some of
the reaction online from both sides, along with the memes
this ad has inspired. – Reaction, you say? – When my husband gets
me a Peloton for Christmas. – (woman) (gasps) A Peloton?
My husband got me a Peloton for Christmas, nothing weird…
(Tom laughs) – (woman) Thank you, you get me.
(Ashby laughs) – (woman) I’m a little bit nervous
and rightly so, because my husband got me
a [bleep] workout bike for Christmas, and that’s rude.
(Brittany laughs) – (woman) I’m a little bit nervous
and rightly so, because my husband got me
a [bleep] workout bike for Christmas, and that’s rude.
– (laughs) It’s so true! – (woman) Six days in a row.
Are you surprised? I am, that my marriage
is still intact. – Oh [bleep]. (laughs) – (woman) 6 AM, my husband
is sleeping soundly next to me, but I couldn’t sleep a wink,
because what kind of sociopath gets his wife a [bleep]
stationary bike! (Ashby laughs)
What are you trying to say? A year ago, I didn’t realize
how much this would change me. Babe, I want a divorce. – Oh [bleep].
– That’s, single. – I’m single now. (laughs) – She’s saying everything
that I’m thinking about, which I absolutely love. – It’s so cringy,
that’s it’s very meme-able, is that a word?
– Mm-hmm. – So the memes will be made. – I don’t know why
that’s a big deal. – I don’t either,
I don’t think it’s a bad thing that he got it for her. – I know so many people
who would love that as a gift. – Yeah!
– I would love that as a gift. – Yep. – That face you make
when you have to video tape yourself exercising to prove to your husband
that you’re making every effort to check notes,
look thin for him, Peloton. Oh, she looks great,
she doesn’t need that. – Send help in her eyes. – She did look like
she was held against her will. (laughs) A little bit.
– Yeah. – She’s like “alright, first day,
I’m a little nervous!” – Oh my God! – I feel uncomfortable reading
and watching some of these. – Yeah! – What’s sad is like,
this text for this meme, just fits, it’s not like
it’s like, oh, let me make this funny. No, this is the truth of the video.
– Yeah, it’s just an explanation. – Right! (laughs) – Why are some people
making such a fuss over the Peloton commercial? So a man is giving his wife
a fitness bike for Christmas. Is it insulting, WTF,
I’d be happy as hell if I got one. 100! When I first saw it,
I only saw a woman being gifted something great
for Christmas, #pelotonad! There’s definitely two sides
of every coin, you know? I think it’s kind of
a stupid, cringy commercial. Also, there’s no lore in a commercial, so why are we
reading this much into it? – I don’t see all the fuss about it,
I just think people are getting hot over something that,
they just want, again, want to spark something
and get everyone on that bandwagon. – That’s the thing,
you have to be grateful. Like what are you gonna do,
be like, upset, like no. It’s like if I got you
razors or something. Or like a comb, or shampoo
and conditioner for Christmas. Like would you be insulted by that? No, but I’d probably get the idea
that you want me to do my hair. – So do you see what they mean?
– I see what they mean. But I think that’s,
those are two different things. I think it’s almost like
weight and stuff, I’m assuming a lot of people
are getting into. – Well I feel like…
– It’s a little more sensitive topic than like hair. – The debate over
the Peloton commercial is asinine. Has is ever occurred to anyone
that sometime women actually want a piece
of exercise equipment? – Yeah.
– And that maybe she asked for it for Christmas?
Oh yeah, there’s no backstory, because it’s a flipping ad,
and you people are morons. Attagirl, Jessica!
– Yeah, exactly. – Attagirl! Perhaps maybe they need someone
a little bit better of a writer, because she could have
gone down and said “a Peloton, it’s just what I wanted!” – Exactly!
– Problem solved. – Yeah.
– There is no backstory! It’s an ad! No one writes a commercial like,
“aw man, hold on. What’s my motivation, what’s…” No one cares, it’s an ad!
You’re selling product! – Wow!
(Mary laughs) Excuse me, Jessica Chasmar. – It takes like a millisecond to say
“I wanted this!” or “I’m so excited,
I finally got this!” (laughs) – Holy. (laughs) – Oh my God, I just got it. (laughs) – I knew I’d seen
the Peloton face before. – That is so true!
– Yeah. – (laughs) I knew it, see?
The send help eyes. – Get out of here!
– Yep, then there it is. – There’s a very help me,
I’m scared. – It’s actually kinda funny
how similar they look in this picture. – Yeah. (laughs)
– I want the Peloton ad where someone piles clothes on it
for a year and takes pictures of the pile’s growth
and feels just fine about it. (laughs) My brother,
a couple Christmases ago got an exercise bike for himself,
and man it does hold a lot of laundry. (both laugh) – If that ain’t me. Ask me how long it’s been
since I’ve done laundry. – Oh wow.
– It’s been two months. – The thing I like
about the internet specifically, is most people that get offended,
there’s the other half of people that’ll have humor in it.
– Mm-hmm. – That they’re fighting. So right now people are hating on it,
then there’s the other half that’s like let’s make
some fun out of this. – (FBE) So Peloton has released
a statement regarding the backlash. – (laughs) Oh God!
– That we have for you here. So we’re gonna
have you read it out loud. – Let’s go.
Oh damn. – We constantly hear from our members
how their lives have been meaningfully and positively impacted
after a purchase. I’m sorry, I’m laughing already, and I’m not even
through the first sentence. – Meaningfully and positively
impacted after purchasing or being gifted a Peloton bike
or treadmill, often in ways that surprise them. Our holiday spot was created to celebrate that
fitness and wellness journey. – While we’re disappointed in how some have misinterpreted
this commercial, we are encouraged by
and grateful for the outpouring of support
we’ve recieved from those who understand
what we’re trying to communicate. #Peloton, yo! It’s so stupid.
I love when a company issues a response of being like
“yeah, sorry, you guys got offended.” – Yeah, that’s true.
– You’re taking it wrong. It’s not that, you’re wrong.
You’re interpreting it wrong. – They should’ve just put out
a statement like this. Which is kinda what they did,
a little bit. It’s a very corporate,
shut the [bleep] up. – They’re just trying
to get people to work, exercise. – (laughs) Like…
– There’s nothing wrong with it. – They made a bike,
and they made a commercial for it. Like that’s all this is.
And everyone, we’re all being friggin’
extra ass people, who are like “that’s rude!” – (FBE) So even actor Ryan Reynolds
got in on the controversy. – Oh my gosh. – (FBE) So he casted the actress
that played the wife in the Peloton ad
in a commercial for his gin. – It’s great. – (both) Exercise bike not included.
– Aviation Gin. – (woman) This gin is really smooth.
– (both) Yeah! (Ashby laughs) – (woman) We can get you
another one if you’d like. – (woman) You’re safe here. (Tom laughs) – (woman) To new beginnings. – I wanna see if she
still has her wedding ring on. That’s what I’m waiting for. – Yes! (laughs)
That’s my girl. – (woman) It’s gonna be
a fun night. Yeah, take this too.
– (woman) Aw, really? – She doesn’t have the ring on. – (woman) You look great, by the way.
– Oh my God. – That’s funny, that last part.
– Oh my God, that was good. That was a good.
“By the way, you look great!” – Yeah.
– Absolutely perfect. – Yeah, that is perfect. (laughs)
– Ryan Reynolds, way to go. Ugh, that was so good. – Controversy gets eyes on products. It still gets people talking.
Everyone’s stock goes up, and then we drink gin
at the end of the day. That’s America.
(Jimena laughs) – (FBE) So we’re curious to know
if either of you gifted an exercise bike
to one another, would you find that offensive? – No, I wouldn’t be offended.
I like working out. – Yes. (laughs) You know I don’t like
doing any of this, so why did you get it?
Unless I asked for it. – I don’t think I would,
but that’s only because like, we have, there’s conversations
that I’ve had about, like, oh, I need to work out more.
– That’s true. – My first initial thought process
would be what the [bleep]? Like, why?
– Mm-hmm. – ‘Cause like,
he knows me pretty well, so he’d, just getting a random bike,
I’d just be like, this isn’t anything that I would want. – (FBE) And do either of you
personally think this ad deserves the backlash
it has recieved? – I think it’s a little bit of both. I think it’s really
not that big of deal. I think it’s a commercial,
and just because it’s a little tone def,
doesn’t mean… – Yeah.
– …everyone needs to hop on and hate it, there’s been so many
[bleep] commercials, and why this one?
– Yeah. – Why the exercise bike? – Yeah, I think so.
– I think so. They could’ve done, like we said,
some slight changes just to make it a better message,
and it would’ve been fine. – (FBE) When the ad started
to go viral, some users online were urging consumers to no longer
buy those products, deeming the Peloton brand
as like cancelled. – Oh God. – (FBE) Cancelling seems to be
something that happens often on social media now, when a brand or a person
does something that is perceived to be wrong.
– Mm-hmm. – (FBE) This cancel culture
can sometimes create like an online mob mentality,
and in this case, has led to harsh criticism
for even the actors, both the husband and the wife,
in the ad. The actor who played the husband
has told reporters that he has been flooded
with hate mail. – Oh my God! – (FBE) Social media, everywhere.
– That’s crazy. – (FBE) And he is concerned
that his participation in this will hinder future acting gigs.
– I could see that. – Imagine getting cancelled
’cause you’re in an ad. And you’re a struggling actor
just trying to get work, and you get cast in your first
national commercial, and then everyone’s like
“no, [bleep] Jim, he sucks! Don’t cast him, he’s blacklisted!” – (FBE) Do you think
this type of culture is largely like for the best, because it does
hold people accountable, or do you think it’s
kind of hurting society as a whole? – I think that’s so stupid.
– Yeah. – I think the actors
are the last people who should, they’re actors!
So like are you gonna… The people who you watch on TV
who are acting and kill somebody, are you gonna be like
“why did you kill that person?” – I hate cancel culture.
I think it’s the dumbest thing. Everyone makes mistakes. Just if they make one mistake,
and we’re like no, you’re out. – Yeah, you’re out.
– You’re done for the rest of it. – That’s not fair at all.
– It’s not fair! – It’s really kind of a case
by case thing, you know? If you’ve got someone
who is coming out in blackface, then yeah, I think it’s great. – I feel like it should stop
at a certain point, like yes, get it out there,
let’s share our feelings. I think it gets a little scary
when you start to “everybody follow me!”
and you light the torch. – Yeah.
– And you’re like “let’s all not buy this product!”
And it’s like, “yeah, I’m not buying this” and everybody just jumps in,
and then there’s people that are jumping in, they’re like
“I don’t even know what I’m doing here but I’m not buying a Peloton.”
(Mary laughs) Like, it just becomes
this ridiculous mob. – It’s definitely both. I mean, it’s good that we are
now being aware, and we’re holding people
accountable for their actions, and, but, the whole cancelling,
cancel is over party shit on Twitter and stuff like that,
I think you guys are just pushing it too far,
and you’re ruining a man’s career because of a job
that he was paid to do. That’s his job, he’s an actor.
It’s not like he’s actually sexist. – Yeah, what sucked too,
is probably like when he got hired, you know, like hey man,
you’re just gonna like sit on the couch,
you bought this girl a bike, that’s it! – (FBE) So finally, after learning
a little more about the Peloton scandal…
– (laughs) Scandal! – (FBE) What advice would you give
to those couples at home thinking about gifting this,
or any other exercise equipment to their significant other.
– Talk about it first. Unless they initiate it,
don’t do it. – Yeah, there’s like so many
other nice gifts that you could do. – (laughs) What would you want
instead of the exercise bike? So now I have to return it. – Maybe talk to your partner about it,
unless you want it to be a surprise. But you should know
your significant other well enough to know if they want it or not.
– Mm-hmm. – I know that we want to surprise
our significant others, right? Like, oh, I got this awesome gift that I think you’re
gonna absolutely love. Maybe you haven’t mentioned
it before, but I just know you so well that I’m gonna buy you this thing. It can work, but maybe like
check with your friends or something? – Yeah!
– Guarantee you, all of them would’ve said
“don’t do it!” – Yeah.
– “Do not, she’s, no!” Like, that’s awful, or like tell you
flat out, like “you’re a jerk,” Like, “why would you
get this for her?” – Thanks for watching this episode
of Couples React. – Shout out to Skylar Westman. – Subscribe and hit the bell!
– So you don’t miss an episode! – Would you give to your
significant other a Peloton bike? – Let us know in the comments. – (both) Thanks for watching!
Bye! – Hi guys, JC here,
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