Aaron Paul has criticised Toys R Us for pulling Breaking Bad figures from its shelves while continuing to sell Barbie dolls, which he suggested are “more damaging” to children.
The actor, who played Jesse Pinkman in the hit AMC series about chemistry teacher turned drug dealer Walter White, took to Twitter to voice his frustration.
The toy shop chain, which is based in Wayne, New Jersey, announced this week that it would be discontinuing the line of action figures, which come complete with detachable sacks of money and bags of crystal meth.
Toys R Us made the move following a petition from a Florida mother that described the toys as “a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values”, which was signed by more than 9,000 people. However, a rival petition has now gained over 18,000 signatures.
Yesterday Paul tweeted the following:
Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie? Hmmmm...I wonder what is more damaging?; Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 23, 2014
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.; Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 23, 2014
Earlier this year researchers found that little girls who played with Barbie girls had more limited career aspirations than those who played with a Mrs Potato Head doll. Barbie has also been criticised for promoting an unhealthy and unrealistic body image.
Toys R Us had maintained that the Breaking Bad figures were sold in limited quantities in the adult section of its stores.
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The petition to reinstate them, started by a California man, says: "It is not irresponsible to have these in the store. It is only irresponsible if they sell them to people they are not appropriate for.
"That’s why I’m calling on Toys R Us to keep selling the Breaking Bad action figure collection in their stores and on their website as well as other "mature" toy lines."
Paul also urged his followers to add their signatures to the petition.Reuse content