If you’ve watched the series Breaking Bad, you’d no doubt agree that the main character, good guy turned bad Walter White, makes a questionable pinup for little kids.
Toys R Us begged to differ, choosing to make a few bucks by ranging plastic figurines from the show, including Walter holding a handgun and his accomplice, Jesse Pinkman, wearing a protective suit used in the manufacture of crystallised methamphetamine.
Or at least they did until pressured to remove the products. The petition – mounted by a ‘Florida Mom’ on the website Change.org, called “Remove Breaking Bad dolls from their shelves”, attracted over 8,000 signatures.
A Toys R Us spokesman initially defended the product: “The product packaging clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up. The toys are located in the adult action figure area of our stores.”
Lending some humour to the situation Bryan Cranston, the actor who plays White, responded to the controversy, tweeting, “I’m so mad. I am burning my Florida mom action figure in protest.”
Personally I think the kiddies should have been offered matching tattoos…R Us!