‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Matt Brown Speaks Out on ‘Tactics’ for Dealing With ‘Shame Culture’

by Amy Myers

Throughout the filming of Alaskan Bush People, Matt Brown has seen some ups and downs. Even when he wasn’t a part of the cast, the oldest Brown son battled with his personal demons

. After attending rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, Brown offers some advice he offers to his Instagram followers. In a four-and-a-half-minute clip, the former Alaskan Bush People star touches on how to deal with peer pressure and “shame culture” positively.

While Brown still records with the same minimal lighting as his previous somber videos, this one has more optimism.

Former ‘Alaskan Bush People’ Defines Shame Culture

Since we last saw Matt Brown on Alaskan Bush People, the former star attended rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Center. Brown received his two-year sobriety chip in July 2020 and dedicated his Instagram to sharing his journey and helping others.

In his recent video, Brown wanted to address the numerous questions and comments he received regarding peer pressure. The oldest Brown son told viewers that, in his perspective, peer pressure is a part of “shame culture.” He defined this as “a way of shaming or guilting someone into doing something that that person doesn’t really feel like is right for them.”

Brown further explains that people who encourage shame culture will justify the decision or action to make the targeted person feel that it’s okay to partake in the activity as well.

“In a lot of ways,” the Alaskan Bush People family member said, “I can relate that to alcoholism and drug addiction as well.”

He states that in the Alcoholics Anonymous program, the elements a person needs to change are “people, places, or things… And that’s to get us out of situations that pull us back into doing things that we know aren’t really good for us.”

Matt Brown Encourages Viewers to Exercise ‘Personal Boundaries’

Another tactic that the former Alaskan Bush People star shared is the ability to exercise personal boundaries. Matt Brown said that this technique is effective for situations in which people can’t avoid peer pressure or shame culture.

“In the program, they taught me to assert my boundary, stating why I don’t feel that whatever this is, is right for me,” Brown shared. But Brown stated that it isn’t necessary to answer any more questions after that, therefore ending the conversation.

Brown also stressed the difference between “safe boundaries” and “rigid boundaries.” While safe boundaries quickly end peer pressure, rigid boundaries “fuel” them.

Instead of becoming emotional, Brown recommended having the conversation calmly. Even if the person is upset, an “over-the-top” reaction can cause more shame or peer pressure, as Brown stated.

Before signing off, Brown shared, “I hope this has helped somebody out there. As always, God and Jesus, bless us all.”