A Florida mom is in a public tangle with TV star Bryan Cranston over an children’s action figure toy of Cranston’s meth-dealing character from “Breaking Bad.”
But she’s losing on the popular front.
In a petition launched on the website change.org, Fort Myers resident Susan Schrivjer asked Toys R Us to remove the Walter White action figure from its shelves, arguing that the fictional chemistry teacher’s product was too dangerous in the real world to put around children, even in toy form.
“Toys R Us is well known around the world for their vast selection of toys for children of all ages,” the petition states. “However their decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values.”
The petition had reached 6,000 signatures Tuesday morning.
In a response posted on Twitter, series Star Bryan Cranston, who played the chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-kingpin Walter White, didn’t seem too threatened.
“Florida mom petitions against Toys ‘R Us over Breaking Bad action figures.” I’m so mad, I’m burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 20, 2014
The number of retweets and favorites easily beats Schrivjer’s signatures so far.
That doesn’t mean everyone on Twitter supported the toys, though. Not by a long shot.
But many pointed out meth-dealing chemistry teachers probably aren’t most kids ideas of ideal toys anyway. The Walter White action figures might be on the shelves near Barbie, but the market is decidedly different.
Those freaking out about Toys R Us selling “Breaking Bad” Action Figures do not understand the adult collector market http://t.co/bkRzAZCj2q
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) October 20, 2014
Schrivier and her supporters might have underestimated how strongly “Breaking Bad” fans feel about the series, though.
@BryanCranston She should tread lightly.
— RealityIsBetter (@OkayThatsDope) October 20, 2014
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