Sean T. Collins:There's been a backlash against Skyler, something she has in common with women characters on a variety of big dramas about men who tend behave much worse than they do. Do you have a sense of why this happens? Does it faze you at all?
Anna Gunn:Some of it is still the double standard in our society – that it’s more acceptable for a man to be this antihero badass doing all these things that break the law or are really awful. People watching want to be Walt, or they identify with him. He doesn’t have to answer to anybody. He does what he wants. There’s a fantasy element to that, I think. I also think that in some ways, there’s kind of a sexism to it, honestly. Sometimes . . . [pauses] I’ve been told particularly, how do you say . . . non-flattering or just really vicious – you could use the word vitriolic – angry stuff about Skyler, or about other female characters on other shows. The hatred and the vitriol and the venom and the nastiness and the attacks are so personal sometimes that it feels like, "Oh gosh, OK, I get that you don’t like Skyler, you like Walt, you’re on his side, but it just feels different." I don’t feel like that stuff would be written about a male character. Honestly, Skyler is sometimes the biggest impediment to Walt doing whatever he wants. For the people who love Heisenberg, who love the badass Walt, when Skyler says, "No, you shouldn’t do that," they’re like, "What is her deal!? What’s wrong with her?" [Laughs] I can understand that. I can. But having looked at articles that cite other female characters being attacked like this, I find it disturbing just in terms of a cultural phenomenon. I'm not saying everyone who's into the show and has an opinion is like that, but I feel there's an element of that in there, and it's an interesting gender issue. I'm glad that people are talking about it.
“It’s a match-up centuries in the making, one that can turn brother against brother, mother against son, and babysitter against baby. The question is, of course, which mythological creature is cooler: The zombie or the unicorn? Zombies have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity lately, a revivification, if you will, from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to Zombieland to the raised-from-the-dead career and mangled face of Mickey Rourke. (“He came back…different.”) Not to be outdone, those rainbow-pooping, ark-missing unicorns have always enjoyed a consistently strong popularity among the puffy-sticker-on-a-Lisa-Frank-folder set, as well as a brief period in the 80’s when movies like The Last Unicorn and Legend helped bring them back into the mainstream.”—
Sometime its like a spam bot just went into my head and pulled out everything I like?