The most disturbing horror film of the season is Peloton’s new commercial
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It’s gratifying to see the correct takes pouring in that Peloton’s new bicycle advertisement is deeply disturbing. I think it looks like an ARG advertisement for HBO’s Westworld series, where everyone in the house is a host.
tell me this shit isnt wildly sinister. Her grim motivation that pushes her to drag herself out of bed combined with exclaiming at the camera how blatantly, inexplicably nervous the Peloton makes her paint a bleak portrait of a woman in the thrall of a machine designed to erode her spirit as it sculpts her quads.
He smiles and she looks at him with the sort an expression that manages to convey duty and fear, mixed with a dash of Stockholm Syndrome, all at once.
Heres what I do know. This commercial is not the Pelotons fault. Oh no, you may think this ad is about how a Peloton coaxed a woman into madness. Im here to tell you this is a false read. As someone who jokes that she loved Midsommar so much she joined the cult of cycling clubs this year, I can tell you that cycling doesnt make you crazy. Much like Captain Americas supersoldier serum, it just amplifies whatever crazy you already have. For me, thats making jokes about Midsommar whenever possible. For this woman, thats talking to no one on her iPhone, her eyes full of constant dread, and obsessively filming her every workout just so she and her husband can watch it together.