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Aaron Paul’s Acceptance Speech Inspires Do-Gooders to Crash Charity Website

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In case you missed it, actor Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series last night, and as award winners (and dutiful husbands) often do, he thanked his wife, Lauren Parsekian. But rather than simply expressing gratitude for her love and support, he took a moment to promote the charitable organization to which she dedicates her time, proving once again that the power of a celebrity endorsement is paramount.

Paul said: “My wife — my god, thank you for marrying me, thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness around the world. We all appreciate it. If you guys don’t know what she does, look up Kind Campaign. Do yourself and your children a favor - Kind Campaign. ”

Shortly thereafter, the website for the anti-bullying organization crashed, thanks to the onslaught of visitors. Even now, many hours later, attempting to visit kindcampaign.com yields only a server error message. Read more

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Aaron Paul TV Ad Accidentally Turns On Xbox Ones, Annoys the Hell Out of People

One of the coolest things about the Xbox One is arguably its Kinect voice command feature, so of course Microsoft would want to highlight this capability in its new ads — but apparently the demonstration is working a little too well.

The new spot features Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” using his Xbox One in all its voice command glory, but when Paul tells his console to turn itself on, he’s accidentally turning on consoles in living rooms everywhere. Xbox One owners have taken to Twitter to share their surprise, amusement, and, at times, sputtering frustration.

 

Intentional? Probably not. Interesting? Definitely. Mike Cannon of Tech Times brings up an eerie thought: if an ad can do this by mistake, how long until marketers start doing it on purpose? Read more

Fake Breaking Bad Funeral for Charity Doesn’t Go Over Well

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.

Aaron Paul Uses Breaking Bad Finale to Raise $1.8M for Anti-Bullying Charity

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Calm down, everybody: there’ll be NO SPOILERS HERE.

What, you thought we wouldn’t mention it? Without revealing anything about the Breaking Bad finale, here’s the most interesting story to come out of the show’s final weeks: Aaron Paul, aka Jesse Pinkman, used fanboy hype to launch a very successful fundraising campaign for his wife’s anti-bullying nonprofit organization Kind Campaign.

Fundraising startup Omaze offers an unusual take on the charity model, giving donors the chance to enter a raffle for a “dream experience” centered on spending time with pop culture icons like Tyra Banks and the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The more fans give, the greater their chance of winning—and the organization’s charity partners receive 80% of total donations.

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