Despite the fact that Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are responsible for helping to stimulate the Albuquerque economy for the last decade-plus, some politicians in the area don’t believe that the two series are worthy of permanent remembrance as they believe them to be a “glorification of meth makers.”
New Mexico state rep Rod Montoya says new Breaking Bad statues are “glorifying meth makers”
Albuquerque-based conservative talk radio host Eddy Aragon and Republican state representative Rod Montoya are two public figures condemning the 500-pound statues.
“I’m glad New Mexico got the business, but really?” Montoya recently told Fox News. “We’re going down the road of literally glorifying meth makers?”
“It’s not the type of recognition we want for the city of Albuquerque, or for our state,” Aragon added, noting that “what you saw on ‘Breaking Bad’ should be a documentary, honestly. I think, really, that is the reality in New Mexico. We try to say it’s fictional, but that is the reality… we’ve joked that [‘Breaking Bad’] should be on PBS. That is, unfortunately, the reality.” [via Variety]
As someone who grew up in Northern New Jersey in the early 2000s, I distinctly remember when politicians would complain about The Sopranos glorying mobsters and painting the area in a poor light. Oh, what’s that you say? That never actually happened? Because complaining about a fictional television show is legitimately absurd? Ah, that’s right. Gotcha.
Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller sees the statues in an entirely different light, explaining that while the stories in Breaking Bad were fictional, the jobs it helped create in the city were not.
“While the stories might be fictional… jobs are real every single day. The city is also a character… We see ourselves in so many ways, good and bad,” Keller said.
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul (minus the sixth season) are currently streaming on Netflix.
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