Breaking Bad’s (White) Supremacy

Walter White

Walter White

I’m going to stop apologizing for being so late in catching up on “Breaking Bad.” I probably broke every rule of Kwanzaa to focus on the #BreakingBadMarathon, which began on December 27 and largely focused on two, White families, when I was supposed to be focusing on Africa and being African in the world; but I most certainly did it. I needed to decompress, as I focus on my cultural legacy all the time, actually. I was engaged in escapism. Forgive me. However, my Black cultural-centeredness came in handy, even as I enjoyed the show.

Buhbuhbuhbuh Bad!

Buh-buh-buh-buh Bad!

“Breaking Bad” is many things and I thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling, for the most part. I loved the poetic writing, the connection to the music, the flashback cinematography I appreciated from “Desperate Housewives,” along with the neatly interwoven plot twists and character development, the supersonic fast forward motion that I loved from “True Blood” and the repeated sunset, showdown scenes that brought back fond memories of my studies of the American West in film and television. But “Breaking Bad” is also a categorically racist and white supremacist fantasy and narrative that would not allow me to grant it the “Best Television Show Ever” status to which some people wanted me to assign.

For starters, the reason why I would enjoy a show that had a white supremacist fantasy at its base is because I grew up in North America and was / am routinely conditioned to see White people as the norm, their humanity as universal and I am heavily encouraged to see human beings who define themselves as “White” as more important than me and whose lives are more valuable.

We Matter.

WE Matter.

I don’t believe the creators, writers, directors, designers, actors and other technicians to be racist. I don’t know them, personally, and this analysis is, in no way, personal. In fact, that’s the best part about providing this analysis. “Breaking Bad” is racist precisely because of the structural inequalities and unfair imagery that has plagued North America since its inception. I was curious about the show’s popularity. I had grown extremely tired of “hood” flicks and the constant romanticization of drugs, drug life and the effects of drugs on families, especially Black families, so I missed the exceptional show, “The Wire” (and even snubbed my nose at the likes of Jay-Z years earlier) when it debuted.

The white supremacy in America’s imagery and grand narrative is so deeply entrenched in American culture, no individual has to actively participate in the system to produce more racism. Indeed, even a show like “Breaking Bad,” which cast Latino, Black and Asian characters and produced a showdown against neo-nazis, can still maintain and promote the tenets of white supremacist thought, action and policy.

Heisenberg was a Physicist whose name Walter White adopts

Heisenberg was a Physicist whose name Walt adopts

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here is how “Breaking Bad” promotes racism/white supremacy:

1. The name, Walter White is pretty obvious and self-evident. I don’t need to go further than that for now. Even if White is based on Walt Whitman, it’s still telling that the name was truncated to “White,” which is important in a show that focuses on colors like blue and metaphors like “blue skies” with characters named “Skyler” and Jesse “Pinkman.” Let’s move on…

Gustavo Fring, Afro-Chilean

Gustavo Fring, Afro-Chilean

2. It’s a minute example but telling. Walt refers to Gustavo Fring as a “black guy.” I wasn’t sure if it was ad-lib or not but I suspect Bryan Cranston was just reading from the script. And I wondered why the writers would allow Walt to simply skip over Fring’s obvious Afro-Latin heritage and/or present him as such. This could just be artistic license and a way to reinforce the masked nature of Fring’s character but it bothered me, I must admit.

Three "broke" bad. One arrived that way.

Three “broke” bad. One arrived that way.

3. We never see anyone else’s family members except the main (and some minor) White guys in the show. Walter, Hank, Jesse and Mike’s loved ones are the only family we get to see, even though some of their other relatives were discussed and not seen (Walt’s Mother, for example). Even the scary looking dude who was in the plaza when Jesse was headed to meet Walt ended up being a ploy for audience members, as his daughter was swept up into his loving arms. Not ever seeing Gus’s family is a major flaw in the show and it’s one of the major tenets of white supremacy not to fully humanize a person of color and certainly a person who was such a prominent character in the show.

This image sums it up.

This image sums it up.

4. Gus’s death has a strange justification. In the end, Gus was the smartest of them all. Gus was the one who kept his mysterious past mysterious. He was the smartest business man. He was the one who was cautious, careful, gave advice on “how to be rich” and kept his ego and pride in check. Gus was the one very well able to “hide in plain sight” and one could argue that his death was not actually one of poetic justice, considering how Hector Salamanca had so ruthlessly killed his partner, Maximilio Arciniega, in such a cruel manner.

The businessman who "hides in plain sight."

The businessman who “hides in plain sight.”

Don’t get me wrong, all of the drug dealers deserved to die (including Jesse) but it’s always interesting to see how artists choose to end their subject’s lives—and why. Nevertheless, when we meet Gustavo, he is already a meth dealer and, coupled with the absence of his family, it follows the theme that no other drug dealers in the show “break” bad except the white ones. And that sends a powerful (even if unintended) message that their evil deeds are inherent, at worse and a cultural legacy, at best.

Part of the Mexican Juarez Cartel...

Part of the Mexican Juarez Cartel…

Tuco and his cousins are naturally groomed into the Juarez Cartel. Their mothers basically don’t exist, we just see the patrilineal inheritance of drug dealing and murder as an expected, occupational hazard. For Walt and Jesse, they wrangle with the loss of life, dry heaving and outright hurling their way through this emotional complexity. Indeed, Walter White makes a list of pros and cons in trying to decide to take his first “innocent” life. This is juxtaposed with Tuco, who acts impulsively and whom Walt later calls “a degenerate who deserves to die.”

Tuco about to get his meth on

Tuco about to get his meth on

I will give a nod to the moment of humanity granted to Tuco, who serves as a caregiver for Tio (which means “Uncle”) when he’s not beating his lackeys senseless. And, as an aside, Tuco’s “tight-tight-yeahtight” reaction to Walt and Jesse’s purer meth is still hysterically funny.

Walt and Jesse in the Desert

Walt and Jesse in the Desert

5. Finally, the political tones and overall message about America in “Breaking Bad” reinforce the narrative of white supremacy that was created long before anyone in the cast or crew were born. But it’s interesting how the legacy continues, no? The Western is America’s Grand Narrative that it likes to tell to and about itself. It’s the story where the self-reliant man tries to provide for his homestead while conquering nature and battling his dark enemies, the Indians. In most Westerns, the “enemy” is just there—Indians (and in this case, Mexicans) appear out of nowhere, their history is rarely told and the narrative of the Native Americans, as a whole, gets lost in the heroism of an often, singular White man or community—pretty much like Agent Gomez aka “Gomie,” does—a nickname I always hated but is a very White thing to do to non-White American names. We don’t see his family either, by the way. And his presence doesn’t matter. Every Cowboy has a Tonto. No offense, Gomez… and much of the action takes place on Indian tribal lands like To’hajiilee.

Walter White "Broke" Bad

Thus, the grand narrative of Breaking Bad is how the average, middle class, White American family (and particularly male) is frustrated with being of greater intelligence either in the world (because you know Americans don’t travel enough) or of the rest of America and is not getting out of life the material, emotional, psychological and cultural rewards and benefits to which they feel entitled. Hence, the showdowns…

Showdowns in the West

Showdowns in the Desert

In actuality, most of us feel that way, as we struggle with the recession, home foreclosures, the lack of affordable healthcare and unemployment or being underpaid, especially if we’re not in the 1% but if we try to “break bad,” there will be no benefit of the doubt, we will find ourselves in prison with the quickness. Another gift of white supremacy is to give white people the benefit of the doubt and non-white people, none. If Walter White were Walter Black, he would have been in jail by the end of Episode 3.

Mr. White teaching chemistry

Mr. White teaching chemistry

The political frustration was obvious and is also a part of the Western narrative, as the self-reliant man is often angry to be somewhat dependent upon the financiers, government institutions and/or educational institutions in the East. So, after all of his hard work, we find Walter White in the American Southwest, making only $43,000 a year for a family of four, instead of existing as the multi-millionaire entrepreneur who made it big in New Hampshire, like Gretchen and Elliott. He is a disparaged high school teacher working part-time at a car wash getting teased by disrespectful students, instead of a highly respected college professor or corporate genius who does not have to worry about earning a living wage.

Hank is a Police Detective

Hank is a Police Detective

Hank's Insurance won't offer the BEST Physical Therapy

Hank’s Insurance won’t offer the BEST Physical Therapy

When Walter (and Hank) are in need of health care, they cannot afford it because the health insurance capitalists in the East want too much money for treatment. And even though Hank’s supposedly superior intelligence as a detective puts him on the right path to catch the bad guys, it’s the American government, with its overpowering rules and regulations, that hold him back and make him get things like warrants, thereby allowing the bad guys to get away, once again.

Hank takes pictures with all of his "conquests."

Hank takes pictures with all of his “conquests.”

Walter White feels he has no choice but to become an outlaw and cook meth. And even Hank triggers his inner Jesse James by dehumanizing the bad guys on a regular basis via pictures and trophies of bling grills (teeth), bailing out his shoplifting wife and engaging in the occasional act of police brutality. Cowboys and Indians…

Hank engaged in Police Brutality

Hank engaged in Police Brutality

The cultural wars were perhaps the most fun for me. They were intergenerational (Walt, Mike, Gus, the Support Group Leader vs. Jesse, Badger, Skinny Pete, the students and most addicts shown), they were musical (Rock, Country vs. Hip Hop and Metal) and they were racial. As Toni Morrison discusses in her brilliant essay-turned-book, Playing in the Dark long before this show appeared, “Breaking Bad” uses Black and Brown faces and culture as the backdrop to its storytelling. Other than Huell (Saul Goodman’s “security”) and the handful of extras we witness in the support group scenes, we do not see any young, Black men in “Breaking Bad.” They don’t really exist in the world and certainly not in Albuquerque, which is hilarious because much of the characterization of Jesse signifies the “tropes of Blackness,” of young Black males, as Morrison might suggest.

Jesse and Walt juxtaposed

Jesse is young, wears his pants lower and rarely with a belt, he is a slacker, intelligent but doesn’t apply himself, so he remains ignorant (“Oooohh, wire…”) and most of his behavior on the show is punctuated by Hip Hop, especially during his silliest moments (my favorite being when he blows up his suit like Missy Elliott did in her first video) and his constant use of the term, “Yo.”

This was hysterical!

This was hysterical!

And, he curses a lot (“Yeah, Bitch”). I felt like a horrible feminist for enjoying every single utterance of his “bitches” and my favorite is “Yeah, Bitch! Magnets, Ohhhh!” It was a lot of fun in fiction. At one point, Jesse Pinkman even becomes “Jesse Jackson,” another hilarious moment but one I was unwilling to overlook for this discussion.

Jesse and Walt in the Lab

Jesse and Walt in the Lab

Outside of the obvious evil of building a meth empire, Walt’s superior intellect relative to Jesse’s ignorance is an important dichotomy to note because it is precisely one of cultural influence and choice, not of birth (which includes whiteness). Jesse comes from a stable home, a two-parent family, a generally substantive income and by the looks of his little brother, he could have easily been, well, a brilliant chemist akin to Walter White.

Jesse Pinkman and Walter White after a "cook."

Jesse Pinkman and Walter White after a “cook.”

We see Jesse’s intellect eeking out in every episode, even when Walter White continues his emotional abuse. Jesse and his friends need but “apply themselves” and they could emerge from the cultural influences—indeed the extreme popularity of Hip Hop—that only serve to bring them down, literally and figuratively. It was very interesting to watch, especially given the glaring absence of young, Black men on the show. When Walter White appears, he lines the brim of his hat with his fingers to rock music. In a distinctly unorthodox move, White’s ‘badness’ is not undergirded by a Hip Hop soundtrack. It has been replaced; and this is a telling aspect of the show, as a deliberately generational, cultural and dare I say, scientific, choice.

"Oooh, Baby, I like it raw..."

“Apply Yourself…”

So, what is the purpose of the neo-nazis in “Breaking Bad?” Well, I suspect that, at some point, the writers became a bit self-reflective and may have considered the full meaning of all of this (consciously unintended) whiteness and decided to make a point—“we’re not racists, some of our best friends are Black and/or Latino!” And there needed to be some sort of counterpoint to say so and then kill those bad men off.

That’s sort of tongue-in-cheek. But the grand narrative remains.

Walter White  as Heisenberg in his (Cowboy) Hat

Walter White as Heisenberg in his (Cowboy) Hat

America cheered for Walter White for many reasons. He had MacGyver’s intelligence, John Wayne’s determination, the Marlboro Man’s cigarettes, the rugged individualism that characterizes the West and inspired his actions which, as we learned, had very little to do with his “family.” He finally admitted, “I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it.”

Precisely.

Precisely.

And that pretty much sums up what the Walter White-like American men have done throughout history—committing evil deeds as “Conquistadors,” as “Colonialists,” as “Masters,” as “CEOs,” lying to themselves about doing it for “the country,” to “take back America,” for their families, etc. Whether they intended to do so or not (and I happen to believe these were unconscious choices, as that’s how myths work), the creators and collaborators of “Breaking Bad” fed us a lie—that the hard work of so many White people in this country is being “taken away,” largely by the savagery (or laziness) of people of color, undermining their good nature and not playing fair or by the rules. Hence “entitlement programs” need to be stopped, people are in prison for good reasons and corporations are people, too.

And that’s a God-damned lie.

Sounds like Anti-Immigration Policy, no?

Sounds like Anti-Immigration Policy, no?

As Americans, we are not struggling because of the election of President Obama or because Hip Hop is America’s most popular music or because public schools and neighborhoods filled with Black and Brown kids are bringing the country’s average down. We are struggling because of the increase in rugged individualism, the existence of celebrity worship, extreme wage disparity, transnational corporations who continue putting profits over people as they continue to engage in unfair trade deals, the disrespect of labor and environmental laws that are meant to keep jobs in America and respect nature and, dare I say it? Greed.

His last meal was chicken nuggets.

His last meal was chicken nuggets.

Greed.

Greed.

The enemy to the (White) American family is not some Mexican drug cartel or even immigration, it’s probably your own Dad. Look in your own house. Art is probably imitating life, albeit in a less-exaggerated way.

I love to live-tweet!

I love to live-tweet!

They Won (Emmys, Golden Globes and More)!

They Won (Emmys, Golden Globes and More)!

I loved “Breaking Bad.” I mean, I really enjoyed it. As an artist, I could not help but to tip my hat to the artistry. But on so many other levels and in so many other ways, I could not ignore the overarching theme (which is a lie) and I understand why it was just not a show I was drawn into or even knew was popular—until the end of Season Six. But I watched the finale with everybody else because, hey, there’s a reason it’s called popular culture and I wanted to get a clue.

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

Well, I did. I got the clue and the code, even as I enjoyed the ride on the White horse.

Update: Ironically, I have no problem with a show largely about meth, largely featuring White people. Statistically speaking, White folks tend to use meth, Black folks tend to use crack. Both are cheap and for poor people, so there’s your racial unity. In fact, in my second theater show, “Dr. Goddess Goes to Jail,” I created a skit called “CrackMeth Heads United” a Saturday-Night-Live-Wayne’s-World-meets-Chappelle-Show’s-Tyrone type of skit where a Black woman crackhead and White male methhead proudly proclaim, “We succeed where your city can’t!” I still laugh about it, although it made me cringe to write it.

Update: I found this article entitled, “US deal with cartel let billions of dollars of drugs be smuggled,”  and I was sad. Note that it fuels Chicago’s street dealers and we keep asking what is going on with all of the killings of young, Black people in the city?

 

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27 Responses to Breaking Bad’s (White) Supremacy

  1. Erik

    I will be reflecting on this for awhile (eager food for thought!), but I am curious about your understanding of people’s affinities for Walter and Gus.

    You mention “America cheered for Walter White”, and while I think it has some validity, I can’t think of a single person who thought of him as the ‘good’ guy. People seemed to have been rooting for retributive justice on his behalf in some sense (if only because humanized subjects tend to have that effect on their audience), but nearly everyone I talked to wanted him to die. While I and others loved the ending, the fact that he actually accomplished everything he sought to do ended up making the ending seem a little too merciful. Perhaps I am not disagreeing as much as seeking clarity on the word ‘cheered’?

    It wouldn’t seem a big deal, except for how it affects point #4. Part of my appreciation for the show was that it left ambiguity in its justifications – that it left you wondering if Gus, Gale, Krazy 8, etc actually needed to die. If viewed through the lens of Walter being cheered for, the justification is fishy; if not, it becomes part of the ever-building pile of evidence asking the audience, “How long are you going to root for this Walter guy?”

    As for your characterization examples, I might consider Gale and Lydia as candidates for discussion/thought – Gale is easily the most humanized of the smaller supporting roles to die and (surprise!) happens to be white. Lydia (or Todd), on the other hand, do show that at least some the white dead people weren’t fully humanized (not that that does anything to the overall point, however)?

    • Dr. Goddess

      Thanks for your thoughtful reply, Erik.

      These are good questions and to try to answer them:

      1. The “America cheered for Walter White” came from the obsession with Heisenberg and wanting to see him get out of his tight conflicts in his MacGyver-like manner. In terms of the script and Gilligan’s intent, interviews say even HE lost sympathy for Walter White in the end, so I do think America’s “cheer” for Walter White had more to do with symbolism than the actuality of his character. It had to be, otherwise, why on Earth would parents dress their kids up as Meth cooks and dealers on Halloween. I think there’s some cognitive dissonance there and a bit of unconscious rallying for the “danger” that “broke bad” at that point. Sort of like the warning, “Stay out of my territory” becomes code for many things.

      2. Yeah, I agree with you, in that I don’t think so many of those characters needed to die. I got to the point where I laughed every time Walter White proclaimed, “It had to be done.” I mean, really, for a guy who was going to die anyway, why not just give up and/or turn yourself in?

      3. Not every character was fully developed and I never expected that. But it was striking, for me, that it never happened with Gus, especially since it was HE who was the main parallel and counterpart for Walter White. All of the characters had one. Hank & Mike, Skyler & Marie, Jesse & Badger/Skinny Pete… I just think it’s a flaw I couldn’t overlook.

      I still miss Gale, he was such a sweetie, although I think his death is also symbolic and a type of narrative on masculinity in the arc of these discussions of masculinity that is worth exploring deeper. Bless his heart.

      Thank you!

  2. Thank you for this, sis! Very thought-provoking, and filled with perspectives and truths that we often ignore for the sake of “entertainment value”. I loved the series, and to me, that doesn’t take a way from the validity of your assertions in this post, but more so provide me with opportunities to remember myself and the country in which I spend a lot of my time (American). The lens through which black and brown people are viewed (or ignored!) matters, and we MUST have these types of conversations, so that our views are expressed. We always get the “angry” labels when we express these truths, but let’s keep bringing ’em, because we have every right to feel how we fail, SAY how we feel, and incite the conversations that lead to change. I appreciate you and I’ll be sharing this post.

    • Dr. Goddess

      Thanks so much, Akilah! And thank you so much for sharing my post on Twitter, Google +, etc! I see you, Sistren!

      You make such a good point that people assume I/we could not enjoy the series even if we have such a serious critique/take on it. Since I watched it in a Marathon, I was having a lot of fun. I became obsessed and needed to know what was going to happen. But I still had this pernicious assessment that would not go away, as the seasons continued. It never left, so I decided to write about it, even as a fan of the show. I had a brief discussion with some folks on Twitter, too, and I need to go back and grab those tweets because I had only just begun the marathon when I said something about the concept of “breaking bad” and the racial imagery of the show.

      I have also since learned that Giancarlo Esposito’s character, Gus, was NOT supposed to be Walter White’s main counterpart, it was supposed to be Hector Salamanca, which makes sense to me, especially considering his grooming of his grandsons and nephew as children. Giancarlo’s character was expanded because Gilligan and Co. loved the way he got along with the cast. I have some special commentary on that but I will save it for later.

      So, yeah, I’m not angry at all about Breaking Bad. I have fond memories of so many lines and scenes; but I’m a writer, I’m a creator, I’m a scholar and a pop culture critic and I just couldn’t overlook what appeared before my very (non-blue) eyes. LOL.

      Thanks again, Sis!

  3. Michael R. Hicks

    Hello Doc. Thank you for your piece. Always like stuff that forces me to think.

    I do have multiple musings about the show and about your assertions about the show. Let me strive to narrow it down to the most important few.

    New Mexico will not have many, if any Black American meth dealers because there aren’t many Black folk in New Mexico in the first place (less than 3 percent in Albuquerque) and certainly a far lower percentage of African American meth users. You aren’t going to find Avon Barksdales in New Mexico, and certainly not building empires selling methamphetamine.

    The other ancillary characters of the story were already drug dealers or employees of such in varying degrees. Walter White was a nebbish, obscure high school chemistry teacher that “broke bad” when faced with his own mortality with a terminal illness.

    “Breaking Bad” is *not our story.* Every American narrative will not be our story. Because it is not our story, I would not expect Vince Gilligan and his junior writers to attempt to retrofit such in their narrative. In *that* sense, I am glad that writers chose to “stay in their lanes.”

    I do acknowledge and generally agree with the white privilege that is infused in “Breaking Bad”‘s narrative. I actually do not think that those paradoxes are lost on the writers of the show, either. I would add that even for whatever passes that Bryan Cranston’s character was given in escaping detection at first, even he eventually reached a tipping point when his ego and greed exceeded his initial goals of providing a financial cushion for his family. Like he said, he was good at it and he liked it.

    There were only two Black characters of note in the story, and that was Gustavo Fring and Sal’s bodyguard/employee Huell Babineux, more or less there will Bill Burr for comic relief. I respected that even their characters were given texture and nuance.

    “Jesse is young, wears his pants lower and rarely with a belt, he is a slacker, intelligent but doesn’t apply himself, so he remains ignorant (“Oooohh, wire…”) and most of his behavior on the show is punctuated by Hip Hop, especially during his silliest moments (my favorite being when he blows up his suit like Missy Elliott did in her first video) and his constant use of the term, “Yo.””

    Hip Hop is a significant part of millennials’ music. I would expect a young, 19-20 year old to have poser influences from the genre. I consider it America’s “par for the course,” yet I note that you are pointing that out in your commentary as part of the problem.

    ” the creators and collaborators of “Breaking Bad” fed us a lie—that the hard work of so many White people in this country is being “taken away,” largely by the savagery (or laziness) of people of color, undermining their good nature and not playing fair or by the rules. Hence “entitlement programs” need to be stopped, people are in prison for good reasons and corporations are people, too.”

    I just did not see this in Gilligan’s story. This perception rings true with poor to middle-class white men, yes, but I did not see that specifically from Walter White. Yes, White felt that he was screwed, because he WAS screwed out of his rightful stake of a billion-dollar company, for a reason that was never explained as a point of art. In the 20 years after that, having to scrape an average, middle-class existence where he has to take crap from bored high school students and pushy bureaucrats…having a handicapped son with a baby on the way…the cancer diagnosis was a tipping point.

    I would agree with your assertion about such a white, male character such as Michael Douglas’ character in the movie “Falling Down,” with its racial resentment and undertones, but not so much with “Breaking Bad.” Resentment, yes. Racial resentment? Not so much.

    Again, thanks for your piece and thanks for the space to muse. Keep doing what you do.

    • Dr. Goddess

      Hello Michael, Thanks for your post. To respond to some points:

      1. I don’t think I wrote or ever expected that Albuquerque, NM would have a large, Black population and, therefore, the show should center around “us.” FYI, the original location for this show was supposed to be Riverside, CA. Thanks to Albuquerque’s awesome film tax breaks, they switched it up. And it was perfect!

      Also, I wrote out some of my thoughts on Twitter, first, and clarified quite early that I don’t expect a show about meth to be about “us” either. I still don’t and I don’t believe I made that point, at all, in this post.

      2. Yep, Jesse as slacker, anti-intellectual, Hip Hop and Rock millennial drughead is a direct juxtaposition with Walter White’s father-figure-esque, hard work ethic, highly intellectual, Country and Rock persona. I figured everybody would see that. It’s not a coincidence and what the characters say about Jesse and how they respond to his cultural expressions are important. What do the characters say? Jesse is supposed to do better and shed himself of what’s holding him back, so he can be a more rightful heir to Walter White’s empire. In many ways, he does. We see him become more serious. We see him embrace his own intellect. We see him assert his business savvy. If only he (and his generation) had done it sooner, America wouldn’t be so far behind in the world, especially as it relates to Math and Science. That’s another meta-narrative for those who only look at the script and storyline and don’t ponder what popular culture means in the world.

      And that actually addresses your last point as well. Again, I am addressing symbolism and meta-narratives beyond Gilligan’s script. If you don’t see it, that’s okay, I won’t hold it against you. It doesn’t mean it’s not there, though.

      Thanks for your reply!

  4. Wayne Jones

    Why spend so much time writing about a topic, but not even take the time to make sure it is accurate? Walter white was not a “physicist”, he was a chemist. Mike, Jesse and Gus all 3 were already ” bad”. Walt was the only one who “broke bad”. There’s also many more inaccuracies and mistakes. Its easy to think whatever you like when you don’t get to facts right.

  5. ha

    Yea racism still exists in America. It’s awful. We need to do something about it.

    But making up things and whining about “white supremacy” in a tv show is pathetic.

    Cry a river.

  6. Wait, I cannot fathom it being so stroightfarward.

  7. Didn’t know the forum rules allowed such brilliant posts.

  8. AwareFan

    so glad you wrote this. i felt it subtly and actually googled for “black people dying in breaking bad” as that lack of humanity seemed just a bit bothersome. glad you called it out and i agree with a lot of what you said. enjoyable but probably blindly and unintentionally reinforcing of wack stereotypes. great story from pure art point of view. I wish they would have shown family of Gus and called out the nuanced Afro-Chilean history better too.

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