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The Today Show Gave The World What They Want And Organized A Meeting Between Ryan Reynolds And The “Peloton Wife”

In what seems to be the natural conclusion to the bizarre saga of the Peloton commercial, Monica Ruiz, the actress behind the infamous Peloton ad, met Ryan Reynolds on live TV–a move that was organized by the Today show. The actors discussed the divisive nature of the original ad, how the follow-up commercial was conceived, and how quickly everything came together. “It was a rush,” Reynolds admitted. “We did this thing in 36 hours”.

Reynolds, who is both the owner of Aviation Gin as well as the brainchild behind Peloton-spoofing follow-up commercial, told “Today” host Hoda Kotbe that the idea of poking fun at the controversial ad came from a good place. “You see everything is sort of divisive these days,” Ryan explained. “We had this thought that we could do this ad without contributing to that divide, without really vilifying anybody—just sort of commenting on both the person and the actress in the ad all at once.” 

Interestingly enough, although Ruiz was hired by Reynolds’ team to take part in their advertisement, she had not yet met Reynolds in person. 

Shortly after Ruiz gave an interview on the scandal, Reynolds joined the actress on the Today show stage. Reynolds explained the Aviation Gin commercial’s inception, saying that his idea of involving Ruiz with his company was very different at first. “[My creative partner] sent me the ad and I said ‘Oh wow, I see why there’s some backlash’,” he recounted to Kotbe. “Can we just send [Ruiz] a year’s supply of gin? She doesn’t have to film herself’. And then that sort of evolved from there”.

“We love acknowledging and playing with the cultural landscape,” he explained further. “And we thought this would be a great opportunity [to do that].” 

Before Reynolds arrived, Kotbe asked Ruiz why she thought the ad struck such a nerve with viewers. 

“Honestly, I think it was just my face,” said Ruiz. “My eyebrows looked worried I guess. People were like, ‘You look scared.’”. Kotbe also asked Ruiz why she was initially hesitant to do press after the controversy surrounding the ad. Ruiz admitted that she didn’t want to seem like she was capitalizing on a negative situation. But after the media circus didn’t die down, she decided to address the situation herself. “I just wanted to let everyone know I’m fine,” she told Kotbe. “I’m OK, I’m not in a rehab for mental health anywhere.”

Ruiz also revealed that she was initially hesitant to accept Reynolds’ offer of starring in the Peloton-spoofing gin commercial because she didn’t want the fitness brand to think she was making fun of them. “I had such an amazing experience when I shot the Peloton commercial that I was like, I don’t want them to think I was…saying anything mean”. She went on to say that Reynolds’ team assured her that her involvement in the new ad would just be “taking air out of the situation”.

As for Ruiz, she still seemed to be coming to grips with her new-found fame.

“Can you believe you’re sitting next to Ryan Reynolds?” Kotbe asked Ruiz. “I feel like I’m in an alternate universe right now,” Ruiz responded. “This is so weird”.

When asked by Kotbe what she sees her career going now, Ruiz responded truthfully that she hopes the ad won’t negatively impact her career. “I hope people can see me as an actress. I hope people can remember that I’m not actuality the Peloton lady, and let me work other jobs,” she said with a laugh. 

As with everything involving this hot-button topic, Twitter had a few things to say about Monica Ruiz’s “Today” interview. 

It’s truly fascinating how such a seemingly harmless ad has become so incredibly divisive.

This writer wasn’t on board with Ruiz blaming herself for the Peloton backlash:

It’s definitely true that it wasn’t simply Ruiz’s expression that rubbed viewers the wrong way. The premise of the ad was what was the most controversial.

This person also felt the need set Ruiz straight on who was to blame for the ad’s failure.

There were probably hundreds of people involved in the commercial’s problematic execution. 

This person believes that Ruiz’s true calling is on the set of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

We actually agree with this. If there’s one thing that this interview proves, it’s that Ruiz exudes an inherent likability.

This person predicted the next chapter for the continuing Peloton saga:

At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if a streaming network decided to capitalize on this story.

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These $1,200 Gucci Jeans Are Designed With Grass Stains Around The Knees And Are Not Worth The Joke

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These $1,200 Gucci Jeans Are Designed With Grass Stains Around The Knees And Are Not Worth The Joke

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In these tough times, Gucci’s latest line proves that you might be able to get a fortune out of the jeans you use as workwear in the yard. The upscale label recently launched a new line of jeans and overalls featuring a grass stain effect on their knees. But these are not your father’s cutting the lawn jeans.

The oversized pants retail for a cool $1,400 and feature large pockets and side buttons…

Users on Twitter were quick to question whether or not the new jeans were a joke by Gucci or a reflection of just how tone-deaf the high-end label is.

“How did it take so long for this to become a thing? My entire wardrobe just became more valuable!” one user tweeted in response. A second user commented, “Yeah not a Good Look!!! Wouldn’t buy those Jeans at the Thrift Store for a Dollar!!!”

It wasn’t long ago that the designer brand received criticism for selling warn-in sneakers that were “treated for an all-over distressed effect.”

The kicks were valued at $870. The brand’s description of the shoe design boasted that it was inspired by “vintage” 70s styles.

“The Screener sneakers — named for the defensive sports move — feature the Web stripe on the side and vintage Gucci logo, treated for an allover distressed effect,” the website explained.

Takeaway? Money sure can’t buy good taste.

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Snapchat Tragically Thought Making Users Smile To Break ‘Chains Of Slavery’ Was A Fun Idea

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Snapchat Tragically Thought Making Users Smile To Break ‘Chains Of Slavery’ Was A Fun Idea

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Companies and brands need Black people.

Case in point: recently, an executive from Snapchat’s parent company was forced to apologize for a disrespectful filter that encouraged users to “break the chains of slavery with a smile.”

Snapchat’s latest filter was set against a Pan-African flag and encouraged users to smile to make chains appear and ultimately break them.

The filter was featured as part of Snapchat’s Juneteenth support effort which rose in popularity amid protests over the death of Georg Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black people across the United States.

Users on Twitter were quick to condemn the filter as “tone-deaf” and being superficial in attempts to address systematic racism. In response to the backlash, former Snapchat employees have tweeted out about the company’s lack of diversity. “This is what happens when you don’t have any black people on the product design team,” one Twitter user wrote.

In response to complaints, Oona King, the vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Snap, slammed assertions that the company launched the filter without consulting Black staffers.

“The mischaracterization on social media — that White executives at a tech company failed, yet again, to include Black perspectives — is completely untrue,” King, a Black woman told employees in a Saturday letter. “What is true is that regardless of our diverse backgrounds, we are all human, and humans make mistakes.”

King asserted that Black employees had been “fully involved” in creating and approving the filter. In response to complaints, Snapchat pulled the filter and apologized.

“This mistake has taught us a valuable lesson, and I am sincerely sorry that it came at the expense of what we meant to be a respectful commemoration of this important day,” King said in the letter published by The Verge. “We feel it is perfectly acceptable as black people to celebrate the end of slavery — as we do with picnics, BBQs, street parties, and other forms of celebration across America — and say ‘Smile! Happy Juneteenth; we’re no longer enslaved! But we’re not yet really free either! However for a White person to tell a Black person: ‘Smile! You’re no longer slaves’ is offensive in the extreme.”

Unlike other Silicon Valley giants, Snap has yet to share a report on the diversity of its workforce. Recently they announced plans to publicly release diversity data, “along with additional context and our plans for meaningful change.”

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