On Sunday, Walter White—the fictional protagonist of AMC's critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad—was laid to rest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Like, in a real cemetery where real bodies are buried.
A funeral procession through the town was lead by a hearse and White's infamous RV/mobile meth lab before an empty casket was lowered into a makeshift grave. Tourists/Breaking Bad fanatics could purchase dirt to throw across the empty coffin. The event raised $17,000 for charity, but still managed to piss off the locals.
They're upset that their place of mourning is being turned into a spectacle. Some are worried that the headstone will turn the place into a tourist trap.
It was a fitting end for loyal fans, but for families with loved ones laid to rest there, it hits too close to home.
“My son is buried about 15 yards from where the makeshift gravesite is,” Manuel Montano said.
They want the stone out of there to keep tourists away.
“This is a place of mourning,” Montano said. “It’s not a spectacle.”
That was not the only snag. Organizers planned a YouTube livestream of the funeral to bring in eyeballs and donations from around the world, but it was blocked for copyright reasons. [KOB]