Black & Grey: Walter White tattoo by Fernie Andrade.
The world’s obsession with Walter White is incredible. He is the classic example of an anti-hero. He’s the guy many of us wish we could become if we could get away with it – but then again that’s all Hollywood magic. Mr. White went from a cancer stricken teacher to a drug King Pin in just a few seasons of the hit series Breaking Bad, and his transformation, and the destruction of his moral compass is intriguing, entertaining and empowering.
So why do we fall in love with characters like Walter White? Maybe it’s because of the fact that we all have an evil side that we wish we could explore and act on. I mean c’mon, how many of us haven’t had the urge to just say f*ck it and let loose on someone simply because they talk too much? And don’t you wish you could just call it like it is, and put every buster we know on front street? Yeah…you get the point.
It’s human nature to do what our evil side tells us, but societal standards and moral values tend to stop us from doing so. So maybe this is why we’re obsessed with the bad guy. Walter White, as with any villain, serves as empowering characters because they’re riven by passion, rage and absolute disregard. It’s characters like this that give zero f*cks, and at the end of the day, it gives us the great escape from a world that’s become way too politically correct.