Posts tagged with "Today show"

Pedal pusher: ‘Peloton husband’ gives real-life girlfriend an exercise bike for Christmas

December 30, 2019

Some people just love “feeling the burn”—even if that extends beyond muscles to public opinion. In fact, the much-maligned Peloton Husband featured in the company’s polarizing holiday commercial isn’t back-pedaling on his choice of gift, according to a report by The Chicago Tribune/TNS.

After he was skewered for inflicting the Peloton bike on his reluctant-seeming “wife” in the viral ad—which attracted widespread criticism for being sexist and culturally insensitive—on Christmas Day, he gave his real-life girlfriend one of the exercise bikes.

“Here’s hoping this goes over better the second time. … Merry Christmas to my actual girlfriend (pls don’t leave me),” actor Sean Hunter, a.k.a. @pelotonhusband, wrote Wednesdaym, December 25, on Instagram—sharing a picture of himself and his girlfriend posing with the pricey bike.

The Vancouver, Canada-based elementary school teacher defended himself in Psychology Today when the ad went viral and he and his costar, Monica Ruiz, were roasted on social media.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My five seconds of air time created an array of malicious feedback that is all associated with my face. My friend texted me today declaring that I’m ‘a symbol of the patriarchy,'” Hunter said. “As my face continues to be screen shot online, I wonder what repercussions will come back to me.”

Only some of that criticism cycled back after his Christmas Day reveal, with feedback calling out the real-life gift as a Peloton-backed publicity stunt and others praising his levity for bringing the narrative full circle.

Although Peloton defended the “The Gift That Gives Back” spot as a way “to celebrate that fitness and wellness journey,” the company said it was “disappointed in how some have misinterpreted this commercial.”

On Thursday, however, it endorsed Hunter’s gifting idea, commenting on his post, “Looks like a successful Christmas gift to us! We hope you love it, and we’re so glad you’re a part of the Peloton family!”

Meanwhile, Ruiz blamed her brief but nervous smile in the ad for kick-starting the controversy earlier this month. “I think it was my fault. My eyebrows looked worried, I guess?” Ruiz said on the “Today” show.  “People were like, ‘She looks scared!'” she said, laughing. “I’m telling you, it was my face. That was the problem. And it just exploded from there.”

Ruiz fared a little better than her costar did amid the backlash. The actress was commissioned by Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation Gin company for a follow-up ad spoofing her Peloton appearance and has landed a gig on CBS’ daytime drama  The Bold and the Beautiful.

Research contact: @chicagotribune

Could acne treatments be causing acne?

July 26, 2019

There’s a reason why Dr. Pimple Popper of TLC and YouTube fame gets almost 5 million views per video or show.

As Dr. Amy Wechsler, a New York physician who is board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry, recently told the TODAY Show audience, “There are so many people out there who like to pop their own pimples—they’re usually smaller than the ones that are on these videos—and they get satisfaction out of seeing something come out from the body that they feel like doesn’t belong.”

In fact, a recent story in Medium’s health section, Elemental, reports that acne appears to be “more prevalent than ever”—among both teens and adults.

The Elemental story also cites a statistic from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: Roughly one-third of adult women have acne, while only one in five men do.

Could that be attributed to the fact that many women have more complicated skin care routines—involving the application of multiple over-the-counter and prescription acne medications?

The dermatologists with whom author Markham Heid spoke for the article suggested that some of the most common and popular acne medications, such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, might in fact be affecting the skin microbiome in such a way that acne bacteria is then encouraged to flourish.

Harsh cleansers might do the same thing, they said, as might certain antibiotics and foods. “What we put on our skin can improve or disrupt the survival of these [skin] microorganisms,” said one dermatologist.

“This is something we didn’t know before, but we’re paying attention to now.”

So maybe your next skincare routine should be … just water?

Research contact: @Medium

A member of the wedding: When Fido or Tigger gets an invite

August 7, 2018

Every dog has his day. The question is, will that be your wedding day—and will your pet participate as a member of your wedding party?  Based on findings of a poll of about 3,100 adults nationwide, conducted by Veterinary Pet Insurance, fully 42% of Americans  either say that their pets already have played a part in their nuptials (15%); or that, when the marry in the future, they plan to take their canine or feline family members down the aisle with them (27%) Nearly an equal number (47%) said “no way” would their much-beloved beast receive an invite to the ceremony.

While dogs make the most common of the four-legged wedding attendees because they tend to be more sociable animals and can be trained to walk down the aisle more easily, other pets are making special appearances—including cats, ferrets and horses—according to a report by Petcha.

Indeed, many dogs have been called upon to be the ring bearer, flower girl or welcome host, according to Christa Vagnozzi, senior editor of To make sure the dog wears the proper wedding attire, she suggests owners place a faux ring around the dog’s collar or a collar of flowers for the walk down the aisle.

“Brides and grooms who can’t foresee getting through their wedding day without all family members represented are finding ways to incorporate their pets into their ceremony,” Vagnozzi says. “Not only is it a great way to have your four-legged friend with you on your big day, it’s a great way for you to personalize your wedding.”

To avoid any wedding-day disasters and help ensure pets will be as well-behaved as possible on the big day, she says people should take their pets to the wedding venue before the ceremony. This will help the pet become more familiarized and comfortable with the wedding location, she says, and it’s a great opportunity to have them practice walking down the aisle.

It’s possible that Angie Blumberg and Jayce Conway, a couple from Illinois who married in Big Sky, Montana, should have done just that. When they were planning their wedding, they wanted their dog to be a part of the celebration, the Huffington Post reported on August 6. Little did they know that he would steal the show, making their wedding photo an Internet sensation

The dog, a Labrador retriever named Boone, was just supposed to be the best man at the wedding, Conway told the “Today. show on NBC-TV. “He’s a really well-trained dog,” Conway said. “I planned for him to stand between me and my brother.”

He says that Boone stuck with the plan until he saw Blumberg walking down the aisle. Then the six-year-old “puppy” walked over to the bride to say hello.

“Somewhere during the opening prayer,” Conway told St. Louis TV station KSDK, “Boone got a little bored and decided to roll around in front of everyone.”

The moment was captured by photographer Chris Davis and after it was posted on social media, the image went viral.

Asked how Boone would respond if he knew he was famous, Conway said: “He’d be fine with it. He’s always been the life of the party

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