It’s not that we believe and absorb violence from pop culture it’s the fact that Brown does, and has enacted it, that makes him a criminal.
It’s arguable whether Brown absorbed his violence exclusively from pop culture or whether watching his step-father beat his mother might also have been an influence.
“(I told my mother) ‘I just want you to know that I love you, but I’m gonna take a baseball bat one day while you are at work, and I’m gonna kill him.’ He used to hit my mom…He made me terrified all the time, terrified like I had to pee on myself. I remember one night he made her nose bleed. I was crying and thinking, ‘I’m just gonna go crazy on him one day…
Perhaps we might better understand this chaos that he perpetuates if we too had been raped at 8 years old.
I for one am not in the least surprised that “behavioural problems” persist- this toxic masculinity is rampant in a society resolutely focused on “symptoms” while systemically erasing and marginalising victims of abuse.