Viewers of The Trials of Oscar Pistorius have expressed their ‘disgust’ over the documentary which they really feel ‘glorified’ and ‘sympathised’ with the person who murdered Reeva Steenkamp.
Episode one of many documentary, which aired on BBC Two on Sunday, recounted the primary week after Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva on Valentine’s Day 2013 at his residence in Pretoria, South Africa.
He was finally discovered responsible of homicide and sentenced to 13 years after having earlier sentences for shorter jail time prolonged.
The primary within the four-part movie appeared again at Pistorius’ childhood together with having his ft amputated as a child, his mom’s loss of life and profitable profession as an athlete who would go on to change into the primary double amputee to compete within the Olympics.
Considerably sympathising with Pistorius, Brian Frasure, an Olympic athlete, stated: ‘At that time it was actually this sense of loss. Not just for an preliminary feeling of grief and sorrow for Reeva and her household but in addition for Oscar and simply all the things he had been working for.’
One interview topic later laughed as she fondly recalled Pistorius competing in a event in Athens aged 17 ‘with all his little braces on’.
Viewers criticised the documentary for focusing so closely on Pistorius’ life and achievements and not enough on Reeva’s.
Reacting strongly to the primary episode, one viewer tweeted: ‘A very damaged particular person?! The Oscar Pistorius story?! What the hell kinda s**t is that this?!! What about Reeva?! #BBC you actually ought to and will have performed this so otherwise. Pistorius murdered somebody. He isn’t the sufferer right here and he by no means was.’
One viewer agreed: ‘It’s completely disgusting the best way Oscar Pistorius has been portrayed as a sufferer and a hero in The Trials of Oscar Pistorius.’
‘That is disgusting. This documentary is glorifying a assassin… He murdered Reeva Steenkamp,’ one other stated equally.
Reasoning with the route of the episode, one steered: ‘You might be each sympathetic and agree with the ultimate verdict and sentence. That will change into the sentiment of this sequence?’
Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 (Image: EPA)
Nevertheless one other viewer weighed in: ‘What’s taking place with this Oscar Pistorius trial doc on @BBCTwo No perception into what occurred or why somebody was killed. Simply appears 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 call Reeva.
It later emerged that the BBC had removed gory photos of Reeva’s injuries that had been initially proven in court docket in the course of the trial.
Following the backlash over the trailer, the broadcaster tweeted an announcement saying: ‘We remorse that the unique path[er] didn’t check with Reeva Steenkamp straight.
‘We’re conscious of the upset it has triggered, which was by no means the intention. We’ve got eliminated the path[er] and it is going to be changed by one thing extra consultant of the sequence, which examines intimately numerous complicated points related to her homicide.’
The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius continues on BBC Two whereas all episodes can be found to look at on iPlayer now.