Whilst this may sound rich coming from a website that published trivial details based on the alleged murderer and rapist Adrian Bayley, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ alleged shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has held him the victim of what is best described as a media circus.
Whilst I wouldn’t say that this should be preventable or prohibited – as the way of the world and technology has brought us to this – the one-sided arguments spread across the mainstream media has given the impression that no man is innocent until proven guilty. Soon, that is likely to be a term disproven by the courts after years of letting journalists attend court hearings whilst sitting on their phones tweeting about the events and providing a biased stream of live commentary.
Usually when the mainstream media provides the details AGAINST somebody, it allows the unthinking majority to stand up and condemn the suspect. After all, the Dictionary.com definition of suspect is “to believe to be guilty, false, counterfeit, undesirable, defective, bad, etc., with little or no proof: to suspect a person of murder.”
You don’t need to make up your mind for something that doesn’t concern you if the tabloids have already ‘convicted’.
After a four-day bail hearing, Oscar Pistorius was granted bail and he will return to court to face premeditated murder charges on the 4th of June, 2013.
Whilst it is very unfortunate to say; violence, murder, rape and theft aren’t entirely uncommon in South Africa. When Anders Breivik was being trialled for the Utoya Island massacre; it was interesting for multiple reasons but one of the most shocking things for the media was the rather pleasant and peaceful past that Norway has had with crimes as big as murders. Sadly, it’s the opposite with a country like South Africa.
If Oscar wasn’t a celebrity, would this case be of interest to the worldwide audiences? How much of this fascination with the case has to do with the fact that he isn’t just an Olympian – he’s a disabled Olympian?
It’s safe to say that the above reasons have now given the incentive of the media and the tuned-in world to play jury duty and to place this case as one of the ‘few murders’ that seem to happen every decade. Amazing, because clearly there are never any non-celebrities that meet the same tragic circumstances.