BBC blasted for ‘portraying Oscar Pistorius as a victim’ and not naming Reeva Steenkamp in clip for new documentary

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THE BBC has today been blasted for "portraying Oscar Pistorius as a victim" and for not naming his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a trailer for a new documentary.

A two-minute clip showed footage of the convicted murderer smiling, laughing and winning medals while competing in the Paralympics.

The video clip included just one picture of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenhamp

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The video clip included just one picture of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenhamp

The two-minute trailer featured footage of Oscar Pistorius throughout his career as a top athlete

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The two-minute trailer featured footage of Oscar Pistorius throughout his career as a top athlete

It contained images of him as a child through to when he was found guilty of killing his girlfriend in their bathroom on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

She had gone to the bathroom and Pistorius claimed he woke in their bed and opened fire believing she was a burglar.

Dubbed the Blade Runner, Pistorius was jailed for 15 years and will not be eligible for parole until 2023.

Throughout the BBC's new trailer clip, 29-year-old Reeva – who worked as a model and paralegal – was described as a “woman” and “girlfriend” – but never referred to by her name.

CONVICTED MURDERER

This sparked outrage on Twitter – with “Reeva Steenkamp” trending – and many called on the BBC to remove the clip.

One furious viewer wrote: “This is incredibly irresponsible. Show some respect for women’s lives and take this down.”

Another person said the BBC should be “ashamed” – adding that the trailer “portrays Pistorius as some kind of victim who has suffered an unfortunate downfall.

He added: “He is a convicted murderer. The man shot dead his partner in the bathroom. What’s even worse – her name isn’t even mentioned in this clip. Reeva Steenkamp.”

He is a convicted murderer. The man shot dead his partner in the bathroom. What’s even worse – her name isn’t even mentioned in this clip. Reeva Steenkamp."

Furious viewer

The first quote of the trailer said: “He is where he is through his own actions. And whilst he may have been a remarkable human being, later on in life I think it all caught up with him.”

Other quotes describe him as a being a “remarkable figure” who achieved an “impossible dream”.

Footage from the murder trial in South Africa showed him weeping in the dock, with one person saying: “And then we’ve got this view of this quite pathetic, sobbing person.”

A woman on the trailer then asks: “Why would a man kill a woman that he loves?”

It also includes balanced opinions from two women, one who said he “positively knew” Reeva was in the bathroom, while another said she has “always believed it was an accident”.

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Another quote from the documentary described how Pistorius was “thrown to the wolves” because “everybody wanted a piece of him”.

The BBC’s clip has been viewed more than 230,000 times since it was posted on Twitter at 10am today.  

But viewers continued to be outraged, with one adding: “Reeva Steenkamp was her name. I wonder what her life was like? What she achieved before she was murdered?

“Why @BBC decided to include the quote “he was a really nice guy” in this trailer, about her murderer?”

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Another person wrote: “Her name was Reeva Steenkamp. He killed her” while a viewer simply wrote #HerNameWasReevaSteenkamp ten times.

Their documentary series, The Trials of Oscar Pistorius, will be aired on BBC iPlayer on November 7.

The Sun Online has contacted the BBC for comment.

Viewers were furious after learning Reeva Steenkamp's name was not mentioned during the trailer

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Viewers were furious after learning Reeva Steenkamp's name was not mentioned during the trailer

Reeva Steenkamp was trending on Twitter this afternoon

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Reeva Steenkamp was trending on Twitter this afternoon

One person on the documentary said the world saw the view of a "quite pathetic, sobbing person"

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One person on the documentary said the world saw the view of a "quite pathetic, sobbing person"

Footage included images of Pistorius as a child

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Footage included images of Pistorius as a child

Killer athlete Oscar Pistorius was jailed for 15 years

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Killer athlete Oscar Pistorius was jailed for 15 years Credit: AFP or licensors

Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead through a toilet door on Valentine's Day 2013

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Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead through a toilet door on Valentine's Day 2013Credit: Getty - Contributor

Pistorius competes in the men's 400m semi-finals during the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Pistorius competes in the men's 400m semi-finals during the London 2012 Olympic GamesCredit: AFP

Reeva was shot four times through the closed door of the toilet in their Pretoria home

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Reeva was shot four times through the closed door of the toilet in their Pretoria homeCredit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius' ex-girlfriend​ ​Samantha Taylor on their roller-coaster romance

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