South Africans have weighed in on the new Oscar Pistorius documentary released (internationally) by the BBC on 7 November…
Those who were able to see the four-part documentary, entitled “The Trials of Oscar Pistorius” before its official screening in South Africa, have criticised the BBC for portraying Pistorius as a fallen hero. They say the documentary casts him in a positive light, and doesn’t focus on the fact that he gunned down his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in cold blood.
Many tweeted “Where’s Reeva?” Querying the glaring absence of her side of the story in the documentary.
South Africans weren’t the only ones unimpressed by the portrayal of the Blade Runner and the apparent complete omission of Reeva Steenkamp and her family.
“Reeva Steenkamp was murdered. Shame on the BBC for forgetting,” penned Sonia Sodha – chief leader writer at the Observer and Guardian.
“Watched 45 minutes of the #OscarPistorius documentary before turning it off in disgust,” tweeted Lisa Katsiaris. “A one-sided programme that lionises a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend #ReevaSteenkamp, and appears to be asking us to feel sorry for him. Very poorly judged @BBC.”
Here are more criticisms from viewers who watched the documentary:
What an utterly awful documentary – #OscarPistorius what was the BBC thinking? So far off the mark, tenuous links as to why he was as he was. Documentary on the side of feeling sorry for him. Very poorly made – lacking in any balance
— Deborah Leary OBE (@deborahleary) November 8, 2020
Are we supposed to feel sorry for #OscarPistorius I’m slightly confused.
Terrible “documentary” clearly funded by his wealthy family.
— Becks Prebble (@BecksPrebble) November 9, 2020
— georgie (@VAndGTweets) November 9, 2020
— ShutterLenz Photography (@ShutterLenz) November 9, 2020
Not sure why @bbc are telling the story of killer #OscarPistorius. Family members being interviewed telling everyone how wonderful he was. He killed his girlfriend ffs #ReevaSteenkamp https://t.co/uroqL4gYez
— Judan Ali (@JudanAli) November 9, 2020
— Jacki Gray (@GrayJacki) November 9, 2020
Feel so uncomfortable watching the #OscarPistorius documentary. It’s like they want us to feel sorry for him? Barely any mention of Reeva Steenkamp
— Ayeisha kay (@kay_eish) November 9, 2020
Absolutely disgusted at the documentary regarding the murder of the beautiful Reeva Steenkamp every episode glorified Oscar what about Reeva’s life? He put 4 bullets in her he ain’t no hero disgraceful #BBC #OscarPistorius
— Leigh (@Bubs1967) November 9, 2020
Personally think a documentary about #OscarPistorius not mentioning the fact he murdered his girlfriend in cold blood…Absolutely deplorable! Guess it’s not the first time the BBC have attempted to cover up someone who doesn’t deserve any form of praise! #Deplorable
— Michael Kennedy (@2michaelkennedy) November 9, 2020
If you want to watch the doccie, you can catch it on DStv channel 218 from 19 November.
- Part 1: Thursday 19 November at 20:00.
- Part 2: Thursday 26 November at 20:00.
- Part 3: Thursday 3 December at 20:00.
- Part 4: Thursday 10 December at 20:00.
- Repeats of every episode will be broadcast on each following Sunday, from 20:00.
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