|A great line characterizing the position that Skyler is in.|
If you’ve ever seen Breaking Bad, you will know that Skyler White does not back down easily. She’s not the 1950’s stereotypical housewife that, apparently, many people would be happier to see her portrayed as.
In this recent Op-ed, Anna Gunn, the actress playing Skyler White gives her perspective on the way people treat the character that she plays. Last summer she did a rolling stone interview with nearly the same message, and she hasn't seen anything that's changed her mind on the subject.
“But I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives. 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.”
I agree with this point of view, especially after a quick google search of Skyler White, but I also think another factor in the motivation behind Skylar Hate is that Walter White inspires strange emotions in people. He was an innocent high school chemistry teacher when we first met him, and he’s turned into a monster over the seasons. Sometimes his actions even seem excusable, as he’s dealing with people that seem much worse than he is.
I think a healthy portion of Skyler Hate comes into all this because people still like Walt and have cheered him through most of his crimes, even though he’s a gigantic criminal. Skyler is his biggest antagonist, and she can’t be defeated. There was Tuco & Gus, but they were both dealt with accordingly. Skyler is still standing and has been a thorn in Walt’s side ever since she found out what he’s been doing over the past year.
The Skyler Hate is without a doubt intensified by the fact that she is a woman, and she’s a strong one. It’s much easier for people to find things to be make fun of, like making bullying an obese person. It's definitely not okay by any measure.