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Oscar Pistorius Dropped From South Africa’s “It Gets Better” Campaign

Oscar_PistoriusAfter allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend last week, paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been dropped from South Africa’s “It Gets Better” campaign.

Th campaign, headed by postgraduate student Andrew Barry and modeled after the American version created by Dan Savage, is to be launched on February 20 at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre.

In his video, which will no longer be included in the campaign, Pistorius said, “Just remember that you’re special. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to change. Take a deep breath and remember ‘It will get better’.”

The 26-year-old will face a pre-mediated murder charge — the most serious under South African law — in the death of his girlfriend, 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistoius claims her death was accidental, having shot her three times though a locked bathroom door, mistaking her for an intruder. Steenkamp’s funeral is today, where hundreds are expected to attend.

Photo: Erik van Leeuwen/Wikipedia

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Feb 19, 2013
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  • 7 Comments
    • 2eo
      2eo

      Looks like the Blade Runner is heading for his very own “retirement”. The irony.

      Feb 19, 2013 at 8:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      It’s get better was always “a bit of sad” self promotion anyways….

      Feb 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas
      viveutvivas

      I wouldn’t point fingers. Unless you are a South African (as I am), it is difficult to understand the level of tension people live under as a result of the extremely high level of senseless deadly crime, which has touched pretty much every single family multiple times. It is common for even unresisting and cooperating victims to be killed by thieves for a wallet. Why? Just because. For this reason, it is not uncommon for family members or friends to be accidentally shot by people trying to defend themselves after being mistaken for intruders.

      Feb 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cagnazzo82
      Cagnazzo82

      The ‘it’ in ‘it gets better’ should actually be replaced with ‘you’.

      Because nothing gets better unless you make an effort.

      Feb 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @viveutvivas: Yeah, lets not judge someone who murdered his other half in cold blood.

      Oh, wait…….

      Feb 20, 2013 at 6:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas
      viveutvivas

      @2eo, it must be nice to be omniscient.

      Feb 20, 2013 at 9:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @viveutvivas: You should try it sometime, there’s also the magic of knowing beyond doubt that Jacko was a nonce, which he was.

      Feb 20, 2013 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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