Despite all the protests and all the controversies stirring, still, the Breaking Bad faux funeral for its lead character Walter White held last Saturday night raised almost $17,000 for charity. The gains of the charity event will proceed to the Albuquerque charity Healthcare for the Homeless and most of the die-hard fans of the comedy drama TV Series contributed to toss dirt onto an empty coffin that was placed in a gravesite complete with headstone.
The series finale of Breaking Bad aired last September but the fans of the series still remembered everything about Walter White through the funeral. The ceremony included a procession led by a hearse. Charitable as it was, the fundraiser didnâ€™t sit well with some,Â as they consider it to be disrespectful.
Manuel Montano, a man whose son was laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park, the place where the ceremony was held, said that this is an insulting event. â€œMy son is buried about 15 yards from where the makeshift gravesite is,â€ Montano told the station. â€œThis is a place of mourning. Itâ€™s not a spectacle.â€
Some concerned citizens even brought the petition online because they claim that Walter White's grave will turn the graveyard into a tourist attraction so this must be removed immediately before it can cause so much distraction.
â€œLocations where â€˜Breaking Badâ€™ filmed in Albuquerque have become tourist traps now that the show has ended. Walter Whiteâ€™s home draws up to 10,000 cars full of fans a month, according to the homeowner,â€Â the petitionÂ reads. â€œAdding a physical gravesite will encourage tourists to visit a sacred burial site of hundreds and hundreds of loved ones.
â€œCemetery officials say if crowds start gathering at the grave site of Walter White, theyâ€™ll consider getting rid of his headstone,â€ it continues. â€œBut the â€˜officialsâ€™ should not put the family members through such disrespect during the process of deciding whether or not too many people are visiting the makeshift grave.â€