In February 2013 a woman called Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius. She was his girlfriend and he admits he shot her, claiming he mistook her for an intruder. There were a lot of problems with the way it was covered in the press and the way twitter and facebook reacted to the murder of a beautiful woman by a famous disabled man. Misogyny, ableism and the works.
I never expected to be writing about the same problems with coverage again a year later. Oscar Pistorius will stand trial for her premeditated murder starting tomorrow. And bookmaker Paddy Power are trying to make money from that by encouraging people to bet on the outcome of the trial. The idea of which makes me sick. I’ve been back over on Bea this afternoon writing about it – One year later and still the same issues – disability and the Reeva Steenkamp murder, part two.
Or, if you don’t want to read my post, at least consider signing the petition calling for the Paddy Power ad to be banned.
I hope there won’t be a disability and the Reeva Steenkamp murder, part three post. But given how much interest there is in the case and with the trial about to start I suspect at some point I will be returning to the topic for a third time at least.