Viewers of The Trials of Oscar Pistorius have expressed their ‘disgust’ over the documentary which they feel ‘glorified’ and ‘sympathised’ with the man who murdered Reeva Steenkamp.
Episode one of the documentary, which aired on BBC Two on Sunday, recounted the first week after Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva on Valentine’s Day 2013 at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.
He was eventually found guilty of murder and sentenced to 13 years after having previous sentences for shorter prison time extended.
The first in the four-part film looked back at Pistorius’ childhood including having his feet amputated as a baby, his mother’s death and successful career as an athlete who would go on to become the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics.
Somewhat sympathising with Pistorius, Brian Frasure, an Olympic athlete, said: ‘At that point it was really this feeling of loss. Not only for an initial feeling of grief and sorrow for Reeva and her family but also for Oscar and just everything he had been working for.’
One interview subject later laughed as she fondly recalled Pistorius competing in a tournament in Athens aged 17 ‘with all his little braces on’.
Viewers criticised the documentary for focusing so heavily on Pistorius’ life and achievements and not enough on Reeva’s.
Reacting strongly to the first episode, one viewer tweeted: ‘A totally broken person?! The Oscar Pistorius story?! What the hell kinda s**t is this?!! What about Reeva?! #BBC you really should and could have done this so differently. Pistorius murdered someone. He isn’t the victim here and he never was.’
One viewer agreed: ‘It’s absolutely disgusting the way Oscar Pistorius has been portrayed as a victim and a hero in The Trials of Oscar Pistorius.’
‘This is disgusting. This documentary is glorifying a murderer… He murdered Reeva Steenkamp,’ another said similarly.
Reasoning with the direction of the episode, one suggested: ‘You can be both sympathetic and agree with the final verdict and sentence. That may turn out to be the sentiment of this series?’
However another viewer weighed in: ‘What’s happening with this Oscar Pistorius trial doc on @BBCTwo No insight into what happened or why someone was killed. Just seems to be glorifying him. Disgusted. I’m out.’
The documentary has been mired in controversy with filmmakers forced to remove the first trailer after it failed to name Reeva.
It later emerged that the BBC had removed gory photos of Reeva’s injuries that were originally shown in court during the trial.
Following the backlash over the trailer, the broadcaster tweeted a statement saying: ‘We regret that the original trail[er] did not refer to Reeva Steenkamp directly.
‘We are aware of the upset it has caused, which was never the intention. We have removed the trail[er] and it will be replaced by something more representative of the series, which examines in detail a number of complex issues connected to her murder.’
The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius continues on BBC Two while all episodes are available to watch on iPlayer now.
Credit: Original article published here.