Infamous 'Peloton wife' now appears in ad for Ryan Reynolds' gin company – and it's hilarious

Morgan Hines, USA TODAY

Actor Ryan Reynolds is giving Peloton's controversial bike ad a different ending. 

When we first met the now infamous Peloton wife, played by actress Monica Ruiz, she was "changed" after a year of riding her exercise bike, gifted to her by her husband. That change was supposedly positive, though the internet didn't seem to agree. Many on Twitter called the ad offensive

Now, Reynolds and Ruiz are capitalizing on the controversy with an advertisement for Reynolds' liquor company, Aviation Gin.  

"Exercise bike not included," he captioned the video on Twitter, which portrays the same woman at a bar drinking with two girlfriends. Her Peloton husband does not make an appearance.

The new ad starts with Ruiz staring blankly ahead.

Compared to the energetic persona she played in the Peloton ad, she looks worse for wear.

"This gin is really smooth," she eventually says. "Yeah," her girlfriends reply, before offering to get her another drink if she would like one.

"You're safe here," one of them says to her. 

She nods. "To new beginnings," she says determinedly, raising her glass and toasting with her friends before taking down the remainder of her drink. Her friend passes her over her own beverage.

The scene cuts to a shot of a bottle of Aviation Gin and you hear one of them tell her, "You look great, by the way!"

Peloton, which released the advertisement a few weeks ago, had dubbed the Peloton bike to be "The Gift That Gives Back," Reynolds, on the other hand, called his ad "The Gift That Doesn't Give Back" on YouTube. 

After seeing the original Peloton ad, people expressed their distaste on Twitter: Several said that buying unwanted exercise equipment was a quick way to end a relationship, and others criticized the ad for being offensive. 

Twitter user @PepperGii called the original ad "real disturbing" and commented about the message that came across: "Ladies, exercise harder/be thinner for your man and then thank him for it."

As for Reynolds' jab at the exercise bike company, social media users are responding well.

User John Brookhouse wrote on Twitter that the Aviation Gin ad is "Quite possibly the greatest response to a messed up commercial EVER!"

And @Pevenly1 wrote that "I don't even drink gin, but I'll buy a bottle of it to keep on hand just for the brilliance of this commercial, alone."

Another user noticed a subtle, but possibly very telling detail at the end of the video. Andrew Hyde pointed out that she was not wearing a wedding ring in the Aviation Gin ad.

Through LA Talent, Ruiz told Deadline that she was "shocked and overwhelmed" by the attention that came with the ad, particularly the negative attention. 

“I was happy to accept a job opportunity earlier this year from Peloton and the team was lovely to work with. Although I’m an actress, I am not quite comfortable being in spotlight and I’m terrible on social media," Ruiz said. “When Ryan and his production team called about Aviation Gin, they helped me find some humor in the situation. I am grateful to both Peloton and now Aviation Gin for the work and giving me the opportunity to do what I love to do.”   

The actor who played Peloton husband, Sean Hunter, spoke to Good Morning America about the ad.

"People turned down a pretty dark path, it turned into a pretty nasty thing," Hunter said. 

"My image is being associated with sexism, with the patriarchy, with abuse, for example," he said. "That's not who I am."

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