NEW YORK (Reuters) – The actress who appeared in a widely criticized Christmas advertisement for exercise bike maker Peloton Interactive Inc has a new role selling gin for actor Ryan Reynolds.
The tongue-in-cheek video advertisement for Aviation American Gin, tweeted by Reynolds on Friday, already has more than 5 million views.
People Magazine and other media outlets identified the woman in the ads as Monica Ruiz, a California-based actress.
Peloton’s Christmas advertisement, called “The Gift That Gives Back,” shows Ruiz receiving a Peloton bike as a gift from her husband. She records her workouts over a year and shares them with him through a video blog. The 30-second ad sparked a storm on Twitter, with several users pegging it as sexist.
Some said the husband was “controlling” and “manipulative” for buying his wife an exercise bike and that the ad suggested that he thought she needed to lose weight.
At the time, Peloton said it was disappointed that some…
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