[TV] Anna Gunn Speaks on Fan Hate for Her Breaking Bad Character
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.25.2013
She was unprepared for the vitriol against her...
Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn wrote an open letter to the New York Times about the hate she has received playing Skyler White on the show.
Gunn says the hate she gets is like a "Rorschach test" for gender views. She figured the character would be unpopular when she agreed to take the role, but she was "unprepared for the vitriolic response she inspired".
She wrote: "Thousands of people have 'liked' the Facebook page 'I Hate Skyler White'. Tens of thousands have 'liked' a similar Facebook page with a name that cannot be printed. A typical online post complained that Skyler was a 'shrieking, hypocritical harpy' and didn't 'deserve the great life she has.' 'I have never hated a TV-show character as much as I hate her,' one poster wrote. The consensus among the haters was clear: Skyler was a ball-and-chain, a drag, a shrew, an 'annoying bitch wife.'"
She added: "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."