South African Paralympics Star Charged with Premeditated Murder

Friday, February 15, 2013

South Africa's Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius hides his face in his hands in the court room during his hearing on charge of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius, the South African running star and double amputee, has been charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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This commentary missed the mark for me. It focused on Pistorius' reputation as an elite athlete and double amputee, and assumed he carried a lot of rage about his disability. I just assumed he had a problem with women, and that it spawned from a different part of his body than his missing lower legs. The tone was really intolerable, made me feel like I was being shamed, but for something I didn't think or do. A high point, however, was the idea that a disability has a reputation for making people less than others, but that maybe it's a great thing that Pistorius' blades might have given him an advantage. Maybe disability can become uber-ability. That's lovely. It was a brief moment in an otherwise bad-tasting essay, though.

Feb. 20 2013 09:26 AM
Marie from Brooklyn

This was the most inane, self-satisfied commentary I've heard.

He's now perhaps "relieved" not to be hero?

Give me a break.

Feb. 15 2013 03:38 PM

PREMEDITATED? I am totally shocked!

Feb. 15 2013 03:10 PM

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