ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A tarnished image of Albuquerque is getting worldwide attention after an article posted on Time magazine’s website states the hit TV series "Breaking Bad" depicts life in the Duke City.
The article was written by a college student who used to live in Albuquerque. It caught the attention of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and its vice-chairman, Sherman McCorkle, who was not happy after reading it.
“I thought it was sad,” McCorkle said. “It was a sad commentary.”
"Breaking Bad," the hit AMC network show that intertwines the world of drugs and family, put Albuquerque on the map. Many would say it’s a show about a fictional version of Albuquerque.
Carey writes the show has given her a way of describing Albuquerque without saying a word.
According to Carey the city struggles with a drug epidemic starting in middle school, the extreme drought, hunger, drunken driving, gun violence and a corrupt police force.
She even takes a jab at the University of New Mexico Lobos saying Albuquerque is a city plagued by a losing football team.
Carey said the attitude of character Jessie Pinkman, a student turned drug pusher, is common in the Duke City, and aspiring for more isn't heard of.
“There's no question that that does happen, but is it representative of Albuquerque? No, not for the vast majority of Albuquerque, no,” McCorkle said.
Several others who've read the article agree. One online comment calls the article "garbage". Another comment questions if the author really knows Albuquerque. And a third comment said “Generalizations are never helpful.”
At least one comment backed the author saying everyone has a different experience here.
However, some still say to say Albuquerque is the real "Breaking Bad" is going too far
“'Breaking Bad' was good for Albuquerque; nobody is saying simply because its good for Albuquerque that they endorse the story line,” McCorkle said.
The article states the author grew up in the South Valley and attended BosqueSchool, a private school in Albuquerque.
KRQE News 13 tried reaching her but has not heard back yet.
The Chamber of Commerce does not believe the article will affect tourism. McCorkle said most people gather information from different sources before traveling anywhere.
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