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Hard News: About Chris Brown

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  • mark taslov, in reply to william blake,

    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.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report

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