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A friend and I got into a discussion about this because he said he didn't watch the show because it promoted drugs. I said that it seemed to have a more anti-drug message (like Trainspotting).

Does Breaking Bad Promote or Glorify Drugs?
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I don't watch it--not that I don't think that it's good--it's just that I went through something similar and it doesn't appeal to me. But if I watch it, I might love it, so maybe I will someday. So here's one for you: Does Fringe glorify drugs?
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you went through something similar? were you a meth kingpin? lol, j/k
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regarding drug use in shows, it depends on the type of drug and the context. A genius scientist taking LSD to find a solution to a problem is just silly imo. I assume that is what you are talking about with Fringe.

I have other thoughts but want to keep politics and some other factors out of the discussion. Here's another thought/question, I'm not anti-alcohol but I suspect it has DIRECTLY caused increased morbidity/mortality rates (more harm to the body and more directly related deaths) then all illicit drugs combined (just my opinion and to lazy to look up).
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Well, actually Walter was always on something illegal and made no effort whatsoever to hide the fact. It made him think better?
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I really do think Breaking Bad has a very anti-drug use message. While it in a way does glorify the drug buisness,but only in the way that it is profitable, but it also shows how dangerous it can be. On to your question, I do not think the show in anyway glorifies drug use, if anything it makes doing drugs seem like an awful way to live your life, besides early in season 1, Jesse always seemed at his lowest when he used drugs. After watching Breaking Bad, there was never any point where I wanted to try what Jesse and co. were using on screen. To this day I have to look away when they use heroin. So does Breaking Bad glorify drug use, absolutely not, glorify the drug business, possibly.
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How can he know BB is "promoting drugs" if he is not watching it?
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I think he saw the pilot or read the synopsis of the show.

I'll ask him and direct him to this poll. There may be more to it then that and I didn't want to push the issue in case there is more going on (maybe drug have affected his friends/family/country...not sure).
I didn't push to hard on it because I thought there may be more to it then that and wanted him to bring it up on his own if he wanted to share. I'm not saying there is more to his choice but tried to be sensitive and not overbearing which I am sometimes.
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Yeah sure. If he is sensitive to the issue, it'd make sense for him not to have an objective view. But I think everyone that has seen all episodes of this show (and is of a right mind) can agree from an objective POV that this show is not promoting drugs whatsoever. I remember this question being more discussed seasons 1-2. But since then there has been countless victims of drug-use and drug-trade.

Breaking Bad is promoting drugs as much as American History X is promoting Nationalsocialism.
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It definitely doesn't promote it or glorify it. For anyone who has actually seen the show, it's impossible to think that it does. The 14 people who chose "YES, YES, YES, I'M HIGH RIGHT NOW, BITCH!" either haven't seen it, or just thought that this answer was funnier than the other one.

I don't fully agree with the "no" answer either, because I think there was a lot of drug use in the first two seasons.

You should force your friend to watch the episode with the stolen ATM, or the one where Jesse does drugs to deal with Jane's death.

The show does however glorify the use of acid to get rid of bodies, hats for bald men, the word "bitch", and to some extent, science.
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my first choice for the No option was to say: NO! It makes me want to dissolve druggies in vats of acid
but I had a friend help me with those comments and I liked his better;-) then mine.

The other friend (who doesn't watch the show) is an online friend and I will direct him to this poll.

Thanks for your well thought out answer.

I loved that "I'm not a skank" scene (atm scene)--it was very powerful and it was very disturbing (I like shows/scenes that are disturbing because they make me think and feel more strongly about the scene).
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Id say no because most the meth us has been in Jessie's house and who wants all those ppl hanging around passed out on your floor. The heroine use showed the hazards of using it very well(death). And the little bit of weed use is not very positive. The only thing it promotes about drugs is the money not the use.

Why isn't there a "NO! there hasn't actually been that much use... I'm High right now!" Answer.
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lol
to your question of why there was a "NO! there hasn't actually been that much use... I'm High right now!"
because I CAN'T EDIT POLLS!
we dropped the campaign for an edit button and I think some stuff (maybe stories) can be edited in the communities...idk
I like that answer;-)
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I agree with you - I think it has an anti-drug message. But there will always be people who see shows like this and think it makes taking drugs look really cool.
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It does if you're allowed to count Walters blind motivation (a hell of a drug by the way).

As for the meth/pot/heroin i would differ. If I look at Wendy the woman who turned to prostitution for meth, Jane who died from Heroin, Krazy 8, Tuco, Gus, Gale all of whom died from drug related wars, Jessie who was despised by his own parents and Walt who is now probably a psychopath, it is clear to me that the show is sending a message, anything drug related is bad.
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Sorry to say that, but your friend sounds a bit narrow-minded to me. Although I think that's people's reaction to a lot of shows - they just learn about the general lines and don't even check a show out. I think that Breaking Bad is not even about drugs - but what power can do someone who was powerless and beaten once. It's about choices and things people will do to survive. It's about ethics and how far someone will go. There are so many bad examples of drug abuse on this show that I don't think it encourages people to try. I, for one thing, will never try crystal meth, it seems to be horrendously powerful and addictive, capable of making people reach their lowest.
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No and I think actually Jesse provides the best example of that, once he became clean (ironically as you look at it because Walt insisted and I really have thought this was the last totally good thing he did for him), and yes, I know he still smokes pot but its not the same as meth or heroin, you will notice he became the character we all root for and believe to be a good guy. He met Andrea, became a dad like role to Brock, etcetera. I would even wonder if the pot smoking didn't become more prevalent until after Gus died. Like before that, he was kind of comic relief and only important as far as his interactions with Walt. And on the other side, as Walt descended further, he became more and more evil.
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I think Jesse changed more after the kid was killed in the desert when they were robbing the train
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that to me was the stick that broke the camel's back, but before that he was showing signs of growth but had been pulled back in when Walt had him kill Gale. That likely is actually when the pot smoking began again.
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The Jane thing gave me a serious boner for heroin.
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Exactly the opposite I think it shows just how awful drug use can be!
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Show your friend season 2 episode 6 "Peekaboo" I don't think he will see that specific episode as pro drugs.
but I do agree that it sort of glorifies being in the drugs business as something exciting and a easy way to get your hands on lots of money.
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With the off chance that you may die, become a psychopath, imprisoned or mentally deranged. There is no happy ending with the pursuit of monetary gains in the drug related business.
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Agreed. You might end up dead, crippled, disgraced or converted to some religion!
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Its like a deal with the devil: Walt might end up rich but lose everything else, including the life he wanted to protect by selling drugs in the first place.
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Hell no it doesn't gorify drugs at all, I love this show and the character development but looking at how the lives of Jesse and Walt turn out just makes me not want to touch the industry

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err... no... it doesn't... it shows just how destructive and corosive drug use and drug manufacture are.
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Other. Money doesn't buy peace of mind nor will the erase the awful memories of Walter's last few years in this life.

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But lying on a bed of money looks so restful

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It certainly does not promote or glorify drugs. What it does is hold up a mirror to US society, and examines the reasons why people participate in the production, distribution and taking of drugs. Nearly every character involved ends up dead, including the most innocent of victims, eg. the boy on the bike. It may demonstrate a quick fix for financial problems, but it also paints a picture of the destruction of a family. If anything it promotes the need for major changes in US society so hard working people can earn a decent living wage. Also it illustrates the need for medical insurance that does not discriminate against one's financial status. Hank is a DEA agent. He puts his life on the line every day to serve the public. And his medical insurance doesn't guarantee him the best treatment. (Thankfully I live in Australia.) Overall on the subject of drug use, Gilligan tries to show what motivates his characters into going does that dark path in life.

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It does promote VIOLENCE! I mean you have a main character who was a normal nice guy and he turns worse as the season progresses. Yeah and peopel say WHOAAA he is such a bad as*. There is nothing cool about killing,stealing.

I question myself and society when people get chills and are invested in a show where the main antagonist is a psychopath.

Or how Jack johnson put it in his song:

"Where'd all the good people go?
I've been changin' channels
I don't see them on the TV shows"






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At first, many of the things Walt do seem bad-ass, and the amount of money he made selling meth might give ideas to some people. But in the big picture Walt's actions have many dire consequences including the separation of his family. And he isn't really a psychopath, just a man who went down the wrong path trying to help his family. Even shows where the protagonist's psychological well being isnt at their best, Dexter, they still manage to make them symphatetic and reedemable.
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My comment never be bong influenced yo!

Breaking Bad taught me a few things
-Chemistry can be fun yo!
-Meth is recession proof
-Knocking is now the cool things
-A car wash is a sound fiscal investment yo!
-Brother in laws are stupid yo!
-How "yo" can finish a sentence yo!
-Smurfs influenced the purest meth ever (Grandpa Smurf is a pimp yo!)

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The main message I get from BB is the fact that a persons flaws, when unchecked will ultimately be their downfall. You can think you are in control, but if you dont have real limits and an actual awareness that your actions have consequences, you will lose everything - and end up returning to the ruin of your former life, with your former secret identity scrawled on a wall in yellow paint.
Walter started with a simple goal, to get enough money for his families future. But he got greedy, egotistical, power hungry and paranoid - and forgot all about why he started to cook in the first place.

The Walter White we have seen in the last couple of seasons barely resembles the Walter White we started out with - the guy who was scared about getting caught, scared of dying of cancer, scared of his family not understanding why he did it...confessing everything while standing in the desert in his y-fronts. Now we have the one who knocks....bitch!
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I will comment, but I will NOT put down my bong!
I don't think it does either. I think it has more to do with showing how greed and pride effects a person. This all started because Walt was going to die anyways and he wanted to leave his family something no matter if what he had to do was illegal or not. That transformed to him not being satisfied until he ran an empire, and was deeply angered that he couldn't boast his accomplishments (although they tended to slip out when he was drunk). Ultimately this show is a portrayal of someones downfall when their greed and ego become the main focus of their life, and what you will eventually lose.

[But to answer your question, it shows the drug business in a negative light because of how dangerous it is, but it doesn't show drug use in its real form. I can tell you from seeing someone close addicted to crystal meth, they are never as clean as Jesse. He still has his teeth, his brain isn't melted until he is now schizophrenic, and he has money still. He would have been robbed or killed by his meth head friends by now. But still, I don't think it glorifies drugs. It shows how much money can come from drugs, but it also shows the depths you have to go to keep that money and what it will cost.]
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I agree, regarding Jesse I don't think they have showed the full ravages that take place on the body & mind. Which is I suppose understandable being one of the two main characters, they still want him to look attractive, sympathetic & relatable. They have showed it with other characters though so that helps. But they have shown with Jesse what the lifestyle does to your soul. And all the bad things in the world happen to Jesse Pinkman but they are a result of his own choices. So I think that does help balance somewhat what they haven't showed with him physically.
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I think the series has a pretty good track record of showcasing the harsh reality of drug use.



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I voted for other. While the show may glorify the creation and selling of drugs via music-heavy montages and Walt's financial success, it is remarkably harsh when it comes to delivering consequences for both drug users and especially innocent bystanders...


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