Is it just me or has there been more news than usual about violence and dysfunction within families lately. A state senator from Virginia was stabbed by his son who then killed himself, an Ohio couple will most likely face abandonment charges for leaving their 9-year-old adopted son with welfare officials, teenagers playing the “knock out” game which involves attempting to knock strangers out cold with a single punch are just a few that made headlines this month. And then there’s one about troubled singer Chris Brown reportedly shattering the window of his mom’s car with a rock as she ended her visit at his rehab facility.
This isn’t the worst story but it is disturbing for a lot of reasons, partly because Chris Brown is a celebrity whose life is falling apart before our eyes.
As a mother of sons, this news made me pause and try my best to imagine what his mom must be going through. She’s one of thousands of women dealing with sons who for whatever reason have become a threat to others. The Chris Brown we read about and whose antics we watch on TMZ and YouTube is just one part of the young man that Joyce Hawkins knows and loves.
Most of us only know Chris Brown as a kid who would have and should have been one of the biggest pop stars since Michael Jackson. He had the talent, the look and the cross over appeal that would have allowed him to write his own ticket to success. He was the kind of artist who could fill an arena with little boys and girls, teens, and parents., and everyone could have a good time.
But when the photos of Rihanna’s battered face hit the media, he was done.
Depending on who you talked to he was either a woman-beating monster or a troubled kid acting out what he’d seen in his own home between his parents.
His and Rihanna’s relationship continues to this day to fascinate the media and the public. And it seems like six months can’t go by without Chris Brown being arrested for assault. We watch and comment because there’s not much else we can do, not for Chris.