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Breaking Bad co-star responds to Toys R Us: No to our toys — but yes to Barbie?

After a Florida mom succeeded in getting Toys R Us to pull Breaking Bad action figures off its shelves, Jesse Pinkman himself issued a pointed response.

Aaron Paul, who played the sidekick character on the show — and has his own toy featuring a hazmat suit and drug-producing paraphernalia — tweeted this message on Thursday:

Various researchers have come up with estimates that Barbie's physique would be virtually unattainable for any real woman, as the BBC reported: "Researchers at Finland's University Central Hospital in Helsinki say if Barbie were life size she would lack the 17 to 22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate. So again, not an unachievable figure, but certainly not a healthy one."

Also, the site Rehabs.com maintains a page, "Dying to be Barbie," that's dedicated to the influence that the dolls might have on eating disorders.

The counter-argument, though, might be that no real woman could also pursue all the various careers that Barbie has — more than 150 of them, according to the Mattel company — and that she continues to explore many different fields of endeavor.

So what to make of Aaron Paul's rebuttal? How do fictional meth-dealing and violent crimes measure up in comparison?