Sometimes, an event comes along, perhaps passed down from the heavens, that unites truly odd combinations of famous people under a common banner. Cultural events like the series finale of a huge critically acclaimed show can have such a result, especially when the finale in question was vaguely divisive. Which is why both Britney Spears and Oliver Stone coming out against the Breaking Bad finale feels both oh so right and oh so weird. They may not have a lot in common, but hey, now they've got something to talk about over brunch.
Remember when David Blaine announced he'd be doing a special featuring
Katy Perry, George W. Bush, and Stephen Hawking? Yeah, that was weird. This kind of feels like that.
Oliver Stone, in a press conference for his new documentary series The Untold History of the United States, said that he was no big fan of the violence in Breaking Bad's final episode. "I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie — it would be laughed off the screen."
The scene he's referring to is (spoiler alert) the one in which Walt takes out a whole encampment of Neo-Nazi meth manufacturers with a machine gun rigged in his trunk.
It's only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that's infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this shit! [...] Batman and Superman, you've lost your minds, and you don’t even know it! At least respect violence. I'm not saying don't show violence, but show it with authenticity.
It's certainly a valid criticism, but it's also notable that Stone admitted this is one of the only segments of the scene he's ever seen. Imagine his reaction if he'd seen a certain scene featuring Gus Fring straightening his tie with (spoiler alert) half a face.
Pop star Britney Spears was also none too pleased with the show's finale, although for different reasons than Stone. "I thought it was really sad," she said in an interview with Z100. "I didn't like it at all. I don't think [Walt] should have died."
"Maybe they'll do another episode," she continued. "Where the ambulance comes and revives him or something."
Breaking Bad's Walter White himself, Bryan Cranston had what in my opinion is the best (and cutest) reaction to Britney's dislike of the episode. It might take a longer conversation and some hefty talk of the history of cinema to sway Stone, but we're hoping Spears smiled when she saw this: