Of course we know that there are many action figures on the shelves carry swords, spears, and guns. But a Florida mother is insisting that these meth-dealing dolls go a step too far.
The school-teacher-turned-meth-dealer Walter White doll comes with a pistol as well as a duffle bag full of cash and a plastic bag of blue crystals. His sidekick, Jesse Pinkman, comes with a gas mask and a tray of meth crystals.
Sarah Scrivjer, of Fort Myers, is urging the toy store to remove the toys from their shelves, stating, “While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters.” The petition she started on Change.org had received 2,500 signatures as of October 20th.
In a statement to The Washington Post, a Toy ‘R Us spokesperson said, “We carry a variety of fictional character action figures, including those for our collector customers. The products are carried in very limited quantities in the adult action figure area of our stores.”
Two days after their initial statement, Toys ‘R Us had to reverse course after Schrivjer’s petition reached 9,300 signatures. “Let’s just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical,” Toys R Us said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.
Not everyone has agreed with Schrivjer’s petition, so much so that a man, Daniel Pickett, started a counter petition calling for the retailer to keep the toys on the shelves.
Many people have spoken out about this topic; making it clear which side they stand on. Actor Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White in the series, has taken to Twitter to discuss his frustration with this matter.
There are clearly two sides to this argument. Should Toys ‘R Us have removed the toys sooner? Was their initial response too nonchalant? Or should they have stood their ground and kept the toys on their shelves?