Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Angry Mom Wants To Ban Breaking Bad Toys

Susan Schrivjer AKA the one mom one of your friends had that made you feel sorry for them, is fed up. The Fort Myers, Fla. mother has started a petition to get Toys 'R Us to remove Breaking Bad action figures from their shelves.  Then she assumedly continued being the mom that won't let her children play with squirt guns because they're too violent, cannot believe that other parents let their children drink soda, and generally makes her children's lives the opposite of what a child's life should be like.
"Kids mimic their action figures, if you will," she told WFTX. "Do you want your child in an orange jumpsuit?"
What about being a brilliant and successful chemist who happens to make vast sums of money?  Sure, they may imitate their toys, but unless you actually let them see Breaking Bad, how will they know what this rather boring looking bald man even represents?  And yes, kids imitate action figures that they know about, which is why I grew up to become a hybrid Wolverine/Ninja Turtle/Batman/Superman, and never amounted to anything.

Watch out!
 Sorry Susan, but this is also some tricky logic you are deploying (gasp!).  Because I don't know if you know this, but there are tons of other toys that you think are fine, like the Predator.  This is just me talking here, but I would much rather my son become a bald meth dealer than a giant mandible having, dreadlocked alien who hunts Arnold Schwarzenegger and various other muscle bound men for sport in a South American jungle.

The Breaking Bad toys in question are figures of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul's characters in hazmat suits. There's also one of Walter White and a gun and, head's up, in case you want a cool toy, it's on sale right now for $13.99.

Here's Toys R Us on the matter to WFTX:
"The products you reference are carried in very limited quantities and the product packaging clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up.  Items from this TV series are located in the adult action figure area of our stores." 
(Whoops.)

But let's be clear: Schrivjer is a fan of the show.

"I thought the show was great," she told WFTX. "It was riveting." But these toys? They gotta go!
Meanwhile, the real Walter White, Bryan Cranston, handled things on Twitter:



That's settled then, but everyone's time could not have been wasted if Ms. Schrivjer just realized that if you don't want your child imitating a character through a toy from a show that they probably shouldn't watched anyway, then don't buy them that toy you idiot.


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