Oscar Pistorius documentary trailer sparks fury as Reeva Steenkamp isn’t named

A documentary trailer on the life of Oscar Pistorius has sparked anger on social media after it failed to name Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was jailed for 15 years for shooting girlfriend Reeva dead after being found guilty on appeal of murdering the South African model on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Pistorius claimed his mistook Reeva for an intruder after she had gone to the bathroom in the night when he opened fire.

The gold medal-winning Paralympian maintains to this day it was an accident.

A BBC documentary entitled The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius is coming to iPlayer on Saturday, November 7. But a trailer for the documentary has been met with criticism as although it shows Reeva, it fails to name her.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Responding to the video, one Twitter user said: “This is shockingly ill-judged. You might want to, I don’t know, re-edit to have maybe one mention of Reeva Steenkamp’s name?”

Another added: “Hard to tell from a two min trailer and I will watch the whole documentary, but it is amazing after all the criticism at the time that yet again she is rendered invisible, a nameless victim: in this her name is not uttered once. Her name was Reeva Steenkamp.”

And a third said: “WTAF is this? Her name was Reeva Steenkamp. This trailer doesn’t even mention her name.”

On the documentary itself, director, Daniel Gordon said: “The story of Oscar Pistorius is remarkable in its complexity.

Pistorius was jailed for 15 years for shooting girlfriend Reeva dead

“It’s at once inspirational and harrowing, and provides a lens of insight into a breadth of issues – from gender-based violence to disability rights, racial inequality and media frenzy.

“My hope is that the film gives audiences additional context and layers to a story they think they know.”

While Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, suggested Reeva will feature prominently in the documentary.

A documentary entitled The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius is coming to the BBC

“This incredible documentary series provides new perspectives on the terrible events of Valentine’s Day 2013, giving us a deeper and closer look at one of the world’s most remarkable sporting figures, on the South Africa that he grew up in and the media circus that surrounded his trial for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,” he said.

“It’s essential viewing, and joins an enormously rich collection of sports documentaries now streaming on BBC iPlayer, including the recently added Lance, as well as Oscar-winning films like When We Were Kings and OJ: Made in America.”


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