Last last week, I had the time to skim through some opinion-based articles. Nothing beats editorials. One of my favourites was Anna Gunn’s thoughts on the very responsive audience towards her character Skyler White on the show Breaking Bad. (If you’re not watching Breaking Bad, I think you should consider.)
Although Skyler is perceived to be one of the most evil characters, it is indeed true that other issues on her side were not covered by some fellow Breaking Bad fans. What we see on Skyler is she ruins Walt’s character or she’s a skeptic woman who kept on intervening on Walt’s business. It is a little acceptable knowing that she didn’t know that her beloved husband is doing all of these (cooking Meth bit) to feed her and the rest of the Whites. Unfortunately, we didn’t regard the evident fact that some of Walt’s action got her ruined as a mother, a housewife and a woman.
Anna Gunn stated, “But I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives. Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender.”
Anna was true. Are women, wives to be specific, fully classified as a nagging, you-only-stay-at-home subclass of this society?
If you may remember, she was raped, lied to and almost felt like cheated on. Has anyone noticed that? Yeah, it was maybe noticed but she never gained sympathy from the viewers because Walt is always the focus, Walt is always the good person, Walt is definitely more upright than Skyler for doing such heroic things. WALTER IS THE MAN WHO WAS SEEN TO DO THE GREATEST THINGS INSIDE THE FAMILY. We saw Skyler cheat which she later explained as the only time that she felt free, “not drowning,” vanquishing the tough times and almost everyone hated her even more for that.
At the back of everything, the what they call as the “bitch” is just doing her very best to fulfil every single task that she is ought to do.
Women’s submissiveness towards men was there since the beginning of time but thankfully, we are still fighting for the freedom of equality.
For entertainment’s sake, I understand that someone has to do something and the story line follows through. The concerning matter here is people’s blindness towards different perspective that the show has to offer, one being Skyler’s situation. The issue insinuated here is not Skyler’s interference but her role in the show that every household has – a woman. We question her action and existence inside the family but in real life, even worse things happen and sometimes the dominant one even delivers a physical abuse.
Why is Skyler being hated for being the woman who have the courage to look after her family?
Bad, even the worst things that a family could have ever face had happened but Skyler is one character who stood up the most. She knew that Walt was doing all the wrong things in a legal and moral point of view but she’s still beside him, still under him. It is quite a shame that people think of here like this when in fact she is just a fictional character carrying real world pains. She deserves all the applause.