Star of AMC meth drama also promotes online petition to put the controversial action figures back on the store’s shelves
Don’t expect to see Aaron Paul hanging out at Barbie’s Malibu Dream House anytime soon.
The former “Breaking Bad” star, who played apprentice Jesse Pinkman to Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White on the AMC drama, has weighed in on the flap over action figures depicting the show’s characters, which were pulled from the shelves of Toys R Us stores earlier this week after a Florida mother launched an online petition.
Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie? Hmmmm…I wonder what is more damaging?
Paul weighed in on the controversy on his Twitter account on Thursday, suggesting that Barbie dolls, a decades-long favorite of young girls, are more harmful than a figurine of gun-clutching meth baron White.
“Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie?” Paul wrote. “Hmmmm…I wonder what is more damaging?”
The actor also took aim at video games, writing, “And what about all of the violent video games you sell @ToysRUs ? Do you still sell those? Florida mom really messed it up for everyone.”
The controversy began with a Change.org position filed by Fort Myers, Fla., resident Susan Myers, who wrote, “Toys R Us is well known around the world for their vast selection of toys for children of all ages. 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. That’s why I’m calling on Toys R Us to immediately stop selling the Breaking Bad doll collection in their stores and on their website.”
The online plea, which to date has more than 9,000 signatures, as the toy retailer opted to pull the action figures from its shelves.
“Let’s just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical,” the company said in a statement.
Cranston also weighed in on the topic earlier this week, tweeting, “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.”
But Paul isn’t content to merely throw shade at Barbie and Grand Theft Auto. Hoping to harness the power of online activism to reverse the toy company’s decision, Paul tweeted a link to another petition.
“Here’s the petition to sign to keep the toys on the shelves! This would be so fun to show the Florida mom. YeahBitch.”
As of this writing, the new petition, filed by Manhattan Beach, Calif., resident Daniel Pickett, has gathered nearly 8,000 signatures.
Ball’s in your court, Florida mom…