Raising money for charity is a challenge, and we love to read about individuals and organizations coming up with creative ways to get others to donate. For example, it was pretty cool when Aaron Paul used the Breaking Bad finale to raise money for his fiancee’s anti-bullying group.
This weekend, however, a few fans took it a little too far by holding a fake funeral for protagonist Walter White—and no, that is not a serious spoiler. Come on.
The event was elaborate, and it did raise $17K for Albequerque charity Healthcare for the Homeless, but a quick look at the local news coverage will give you some idea of why the event proved controversial: organizers didn’t think too carefully about how they might feel if someone “buried” a fictional character in a cemetery where their own loved ones happen to rest.
Also: loved the show and all, but this was super, no-longer-cute dorky.