Why do Breaking Bad fans hate Skyler?

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#1  Edited By PannicAtack
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So, it seems that a lot of fans of the show Breaking Bad harbor a hatred for the character Skyler White, the wife of the show's protagonist, Walter. They hate her so much that some of them send death threats to Anna Gunn, the actress you plays her.

Why is this? It's something about her being an "ungrateful bitch" or "shrieking harpy" or something, apparently because she opposes her husband on things, because that's apparently a bad thing when your husband is a lying, meth-dealing scumbag.

So… I don't get it.

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#2 worlock77
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For one, she's an emasculating shrew. For two, she's a hypocrite. She likes to portray herself as an innocent victim, but she willingly goes along with Walt by laundering his money and living off the money after knowing the source of it.

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#3 GazaAli
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She's an annoying bitch. I can't stand the sight of her constipated face and deformed facial expressions. It has nothing to do with the plot itself, she's just a bad, untalented and try hard actress. So irritating.

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#4  Edited By Barbariser
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It's mostly a combination of stupidity and misogyny.

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#5 Makhaidos
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She's a hypocritical, melodramatic bitch whose overreactions and idiocy only manage to cause more problems for the family she acts like she wants to protect.

Still, she's not half as annoying as Marie.

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#6 deactivated-5acfa3a8bc51d
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She cheated on her husband

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#7 GazaAli
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Just to be on the clear here, I don't think much of BB and its cast to begin with. Its a stalled, filled with fillers and an unimpressive show with a terrible cast and a mediocre plot at best. How it is a 9.5 I have no idea whatsoever.

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#8  Edited By ChiefvsGordon
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this is why :P

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#9  Edited By The_Gaming_Baby
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@ChiefvsGordon: Haha oh my

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#10  Edited By HipHopBeats
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Anyone sending death threats to Anna Gunn is a fucking nutjob and needs to be institutionalized or sent to the puzzle factory until they can learn to separate reality from a fiction.

I didn't like Skyler either but I could in some ways see why she such a bossy snob. Walter had no balls in Season 1 and just tolerated everything Skyler threw at him. Walter always had Heisenberg buried deep down in him but he was self destructive from being the 'nice guy' way too much.

Skyler saw no one reason to be submissive and realized Walter was too passive and took advantage of that as any women would in a marriage.Eventually shit hit the fan in the latter seasons once Walt's passive / aggressive syndrome took full form aka Heisenberg.

Any female in a situation where her man is wimpy and overly passive with no real voice will eventually assume the role of the man and become the dominant one in the relationship. If Walter threw his balls down and gave her some good sex like he did at the end of the first episode in season 1, Skyler wouldn't have been such a bitch and maybe would have been more submissive.

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#11  Edited By foxhound_fox
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She's a bitch of their highest degree and played the victim card the whole way through despite her covering up and assisting in Walt's criminal endeavors ever since she found out about them.

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#12  Edited By leviathan91
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Woman leads are always hated. Even if the roles were reversed, she would still be hated. Just look at the Walking Dead's Lori Grime.

Skylar was a flawed character just like Walter White and the hate for her and the actor who played her are unwarranted and childish.

Also: *raise flame shield*

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#13  Edited By ManInFlames
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@GazaAli: You have shit taste

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#14 GazaAli
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@GazaAli: You have shit taste

nah you just eat up mediocre shit thrown at you with a massive appetite that is all.

I'm Heisenberg and I cook meth boo hoo. 9.5 IMDB rating, what a fucking joke.

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#16  Edited By deactivated-5b1e62582e305
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@Barbariser said:

It's mostly a combination of stupidity and misogyny.

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#17 GazaAli
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@konvikt_17: lol

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#18  Edited By 0Hamburgher
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@GazaAli: Then what do you think is a brilliant show that defies the conventions of mediocrity?

Not to seem like a fanboy, but it does make one wonder when you seem to know about the show yet bash it.

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#19 LostProphetFLCL
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I personally just disliked her character. I enjoyed when she actually became useful later on, but for most of the series she just doesn't seem to react to/handle anything well and it just drove me crazy. Way too overly dramatic.

Anyone sending death threats is dumb though.

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#20  Edited By GazaAli
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@0Hamburgher said:

@GazaAli: Then what do you think is a brilliant show that defies the conventions of mediocrity?

Not to seem like a fanboy, but it does make one wonder when you seem to know about the show yet bash it.

I'm half way through season 5 so yea I've pretty much seen all that is to be seen in the show. The only episodes or "arcs" that were interesting enough are the episode when Walt went to see Tuco and the episode when Walt blew up Gustavo. Those were the only two episodes that are memorable enough for me. In many occasions I found myself skipping forward in an episode out of boredom. The characters are mostly annoying. I only love Saul and Mike, two secondary characters. The formula is repetitive in a very mundane way. Its basically the same routine and they just take it up a notch every season. I'm almost done with it and I can't believe its really ending. I'm still under the impression that it is just starting. It lacks depth, complexity and intuitiveness.

I'm not trying to bash on something popular. I really tried to like it but I just find it boring, really boring.

As for what I think is a brilliant show, House M.D was the bomb for me. I also love The Mentalist, keeping in mind that works are not directly comparable to each other, but they're rather "benchmarked" against what they're trying to do. Both of the shows I mentioned did/do what they're intended to do. They succeeded in generating the feelings, reactions and emotional/intellectual influence and response they're expecting. Breaking Bad on the other hand failed miserably for me. I found myself ridiculing the events and characters and thinking very little of them, the plot and the whole thing instead of for example seeing Walt's desperation or Skyler's frustration.

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#21  Edited By ShepardCommandr
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@foxhound_fox said:

She's a bitch of their highest degree and played the victim card the whole way through despite her covering up and assisting in Walt's criminal endeavors ever since she found out about them.

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#22 SaintLeonidas
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Didn't expect THIS much stupidity from this thread, but boy this...this is too much.

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#23 GazaAli
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@SaintLeonidas said:

Didn't expect THIS much stupidity from this thread, but boy this...this is too much.

People can't hate a character in a show?

hmm...

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#24 SaintLeonidas
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@GazaAli said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

Didn't expect THIS much stupidity from this thread, but boy this...this is too much.

People can't hate a character in a show?

hmm...

Did I say that? Well, unless you have some different understanding of the letters and words in what I said then I think not. Hating a character is one thing, doing it for such idiotic reasons, is another.

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#25 GazaAli
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@SaintLeonidas said:

@GazaAli said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

Didn't expect THIS much stupidity from this thread, but boy this...this is too much.

People can't hate a character in a show?

hmm...

Did I say that? Well, unless you have some different understanding of the letters and words in what I said then I think not. Hating a character is one thing, doing it for such idiotic reasons, is another.

They seem to hate Skyler for reasons that are related to the plot and her actions in the show.

Better yet, why don't you just tell me what you find stupid about the comments? To eliminate the confusion I'm seemingly having because of my thick head.

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#26 SaintLeonidas
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@GazaAli said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

@GazaAli said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

Didn't expect THIS much stupidity from this thread, but boy this...this is too much.

People can't hate a character in a show?

hmm...

Did I say that? Well, unless you have some different understanding of the letters and words in what I said then I think not. Hating a character is one thing, doing it for such idiotic reasons, is another.

They seem to hate Skyler for reasons that are related to the plot and her actions in the show.

Better yet, why don't you just tell me what you find stupid about the comments? To eliminate the confusion I'm seemingly having because of my thick head.

Pretty sure your comments spoke for themselves..." I can't stand the sight of her constipated face and deformed facial expressions." Do I REALLY need to tell why this comment is stupid? Thicker head then you might think I guess.

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#27 GazaAli
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@SaintLeonidas said:

@GazaAli said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

@GazaAli said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

Didn't expect THIS much stupidity from this thread, but boy this...this is too much.

People can't hate a character in a show?

hmm...

Did I say that? Well, unless you have some different understanding of the letters and words in what I said then I think not. Hating a character is one thing, doing it for such idiotic reasons, is another.

They seem to hate Skyler for reasons that are related to the plot and her actions in the show.

Better yet, why don't you just tell me what you find stupid about the comments? To eliminate the confusion I'm seemingly having because of my thick head.

Pretty sure your comments spoke for themselves..." I can't stand the sight of her constipated face and deformed facial expressions." Do I REALLY need to tell why this comment is stupid? Thicker head then you might think I guess.

You still haven't explained why you find this to be a stupid reason for hating a character. I do not find her acting to be enjoyable one bit. She overdoes it in her attempt to be act believably. She's not a fit for the role.

Can you explain why this is a stupid reason for not liking a character or its actor/actress?

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#28 SaintLeonidas
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You really can't see the stupidity in hating a character for her facial expressions? Just because you dislike the actress, whose work has been near unanimously praised, because you think she 'tries too hard' still doesn't make it reasonable to hate her or dislike the actual character. Beyond that, I always find it quite hilarious that those who would call her a liar, a hypocrite, stupid for putting her family in danger, etc. will then go and defend Walt to his dying breath even though he is infinitely more of an asshole. Sky has FAR better reasons for the way she acts and the reasons behind her actions, as disagreeable as they may be. Walt doesn't, and yet any time Sky gets in his way, somehow SHE is the b*tch. Stupidity. Stupidity across the board.

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#29  Edited By GazaAli
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@SaintLeonidas said:

You really can't see the stupidity in hating a character for her facial expressions? Just because you dislike the actress, whose work has been near unanimously praised, because you think she 'tries too hard' still doesn't make it reasonable to hate her or dislike the actual character. Beyond that, I always find it quite hilarious that those who would call her a liar, a hypocrite, stupid for putting her family in danger, etc. will then go and defend Walt to his dying breath even though he is infinitely more of an asshole. Sky has FAR better reasons for the way she acts and the reasons behind her actions, as disagreeable as they may be. Walt doesn't, and yet any time Sky gets in his way, somehow SHE is the b*tch. Stupidity. Stupidity across the board.

rofl calm down sir, its just a TV show, a mediocre one that is.

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#30  Edited By SaintLeonidas
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@Barbariser said:

It's mostly a combination of stupidity and misogyny.

For some, this is sadly too true. Reading some of the comments made about the character and actress from other boards, articles, etc. are despicable.

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@Barbariser said:

It's mostly a combination of stupidity and misogyny.

This.

@SaintLeonidas said:

Didn't expect THIS much stupidity from this thread, but boy this...this is too much.

And also this.

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#32 GazaAli
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Man this topic reeks of fanboyism.

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#33 DharmaMember77
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It's easy to label people as stupid for an opinion such as this but I unfortunately know several people I would consider smart (or semi) who also share this opinion. I do think some of the blame should be attributed to the writers for not giving enough time to dedicate to both Skyler and Marie and make them into more fleshed out characters and not just barriers preventing their husbands from doing what they want. It goes back to the question this past season about why people were still rooting for Walt this entire time, he's a character we've spent 5 seasons rooting for as he overcomes every challenge thrown at him which makes it difficult for alot of people to go against him despite all of his recent terrible deeds.

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#34 GazaAli
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@DharmaMember77 said:

It's easy to label people as stupid for an opinion such as this but I unfortunately know several people I would consider smart (or semi) who also share this opinion. I do think some of the blame should be attributed to the writers for not giving enough time to dedicate to both Skyler and Marie and make them into more fleshed out characters and not just barriers preventing their husbands from doing what they want. It goes back to the question this past season about why people were still rooting for Walt this entire time, he's a character we've spent 5 seasons rooting for as he overcomes every challenge thrown at him which makes it difficult for alot of people to go against him despite all of his recent terrible deeds.

Which is why so many people hate Skyler. "Skyler" is not something that exists, it is the character Skyler, how its executed and what her role in the plot is. All of this is poorly done in BB which results in an annoying and dull character that people can't relate to or connect with. "Skyler" fails to evoke any positive or favorable feelings for or relating to her.

I'm not sure what the people that are against others hating on Skyler are talking about. I think they're too deep in this shit show to feel the need to defend a character as an entity that actually exists. No offense to you Dharma I'm not specifically talking about you.

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#35  Edited By dave123321
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Some people have some valid reasons. Some have some reasons that seem less valid. The more loud people seem to fall into the later camp

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#36  Edited By dave123321
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This was are solid show.

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#37  Edited By Brutal_Elitegs
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http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c7f6feca3f/the-internet-s-problem-with-tv-wives

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#38  Edited By chessmaster1989
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Because her character isn't interesting and she gets way too much screen time.

Show could only have been better if she, Flynn, and Marie were never part of the show.

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#39  Edited By bobaban
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Skylar was legitimately annoying. I saw things from her perspective and she still was a bitch, I couldn't understand why Walt didn't step out on her.

I like Betty Draper from Mad Men, she actually is a likable character.

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#40  Edited By Ross_the_Boss6
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For the same reasons Sopranos fans love Carmela.

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"Oh, you're dying of lung cancer but still doing everything you can to provide for the family financially?

You do that while I have a wild sex affair with my boss and gain lots of weight and become increasingly unattractive over the series. And don't think I won't complain and be unsupportive to you every step of the way."

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@GazaAli said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

You really can't see the stupidity in hating a character for her facial expressions? Just because you dislike the actress, whose work has been near unanimously praised, because you think she 'tries too hard' still doesn't make it reasonable to hate her or dislike the actual character. Beyond that, I always find it quite hilarious that those who would call her a liar, a hypocrite, stupid for putting her family in danger, etc. will then go and defend Walt to his dying breath even though he is infinitely more of an asshole. Sky has FAR better reasons for the way she acts and the reasons behind her actions, as disagreeable as they may be. Walt doesn't, and yet any time Sky gets in his way, somehow SHE is the b*tch. Stupidity. Stupidity across the board.

rofl calm down sir, its just a TV show, a mediocre one that is.

You do indeed have bad taste in TV shows.....it is widely considered one of the greatest TV dramas EVER.

Your opinion is an outlier. Just the rare person who thinks little of it, or simply doesn't like it because it has gained popularity, an attempt to make yourself look cool. Not sure which.

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#44 Bane_09
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I think most of the hate simply comes from the fact that she opposes Walt for most of the show. Most of the show is through Walt's perspective and he doesn't understand her behavior toward him, because in his mind he is simply trying to provide for his family. As the viewers of the show, Walt is the "hero" in so much as he is the main character and it's his story we are following so people naturally side with Walt, and therefore dislike Skylar for trying to stop his machinations

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#45 Shottayouth13-
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Never got the hate either. Skyler behaved appropriately given the situation she was in, though she was flawed herself as a character as evidenced by the few times she 'broke bad.'

But yeah, not every woman would be all fine and dandy with their husband being a methamphetamine drug dealer.

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#46 MathMattS
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I think she was a good character.

Funny how she was high and mighty, wanting to divorce Walt and throw him out-- until she figured out she could get a cut of the money.

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#47 Lone_Wolf_Lance
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Meh, I liked her and Lori from TWD, but I do understand why they get all the hate. Or maybe they're all like this because It's all just a conspiracy to make us think twice before getting married. lol

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#48 dominer
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@leviathan91: Exactly, it seems like almost any outspoken woman on a tv show will garner hate, even if the other characters are assholes.

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because she is easily the worst character on the show and she kinds looks like a guy

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@AFBrat77: Yeah, Gaza reeks of try hard hipsterism.