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Why is it inappropriate to cry in public?

I'm watching a crime show and the lady on it speaks of her murdered brother and says she wants to honor her brother and do as he had, maintain dignity and grace (in front of others). She elaborates, saying "Behind closed doors there are times I let it go". What is she talking about? I would never judge someone for crying over a murdered loved one. Yet, she is alluding to some frowned upon social more that I'm totally missing. I'm not sure if it's generational, or some other reason? I can't even guess. When is it okay to cry, or not okay to cry in public?

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