Jesse Pinkman was a vicious fictitious meth-addicted murdering lowlife who stole from his family, disposed of a corpse in an acid bath, cooked and sold the highest quality methamphetamine Albuquerque has ever seen, shot a man in the face, and caused the addiction of countless innocents. And that was just the first season.
But I take responsibility for Jesse Pinkman because I lived in Albuquerque for two years in the 1980s.
I take responsibility for Jesse Pinkman because I turned a blind eye to the Heisenberg Principle.
I take responsibility for Jesse Pinkman because I told jokes about meth addicts like “What does a meth head want for Christmas? Her two front teeth” and “What do the Cleveland Browns and a Meth addict have in common? They will both suck for 4 quarters.”
I take responsibility for Jesse Pinkman because I didn’t educate myself about meth addicts, my own implicit bias against meth addicts, not listening to or believing meth addicts, not being inclusive of meth addicts, not educating my kids on systemic meth use, and valuing weed culture more than meth culture.
I pledge to make it better by demanding DEA accountability, supporting anti-Jesse Pinkman organizations, donating to families affected by Jesse Pinkman, and mobilizing meth addicts to vote.
What fictitious Hollywood villain do you take responsibility for?