Jackson MeadMonday,25 February 2013

The Snap:

The comparisons by the mainstream media are in full swing between the cases of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp and the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson because it makes for good copy. Dare I say that the story is tinged a little yellow? It is clear that people are interested in the Steenkamp case (and were interested in the NBS case) because of the schadenfreude fueled by the sensationalist media. Some have suggested, however, that we’re only interested now because the victim was a model (you guys at the www.daily-download.com already took down that video, huh?). Whatever the interest, my hope is that this gets resolved as soon as possible because of the now tainted name of the greatest sci-fi flick of all time.

The Download:

The movie “Blade Runner” has been tainted by association with the athlete that killed Steenkamp (he admitted to that) and I am not happy about it. Even before the murder I wasn’t happy about it. Why a person with prosthetics was allowed to compete with “able bodied athletes” (his words) is beyond me. Olympic Committees listen up; you are on a slippery slope because the next thing you know Lance Armstrong will have a leg to stand on by claiming he was not as “able bodied” as his competitors and thus should be allowed to compete with chemical enhancement. If the standard is that disabled athletes compete separately, let’s keep it that way or allow any and all “modifications” during athletic competition.

There have been other disabled athletes that have used the “Flex Foot Cheetah” and I wish they had taken the nickname first. But even as I am disappointed that “Blade Runner” has become Steenkamp’s killer’s moniker, I am hopeful that in a short amount of time that the name is again first associated with the movie rather than the person. Why? Primarily, because people like Steenkamp’s and Brown’s killers should be forgotten as quickly as possible. It seems that the media in order to sell ads, gain viewership and increase readership is making it about the killers when it should be about the victims.

If anyone else was the killer, this would be buried in the “police blotter” section, if it made the news at all. The media should treat this story like they treat the other stories where one person kills another – especially if the person is famous or otherwise in the limelight, by having it as a transient “blip” on the radar screen. By focusing on the killers – making them more famous, the media is doing an injustice to the victims.

They should rather pay homage and focus on the victims of violent crimes, like murder, particularly if the alleged perpetrator is famous. Cover the victim – every victim, with the same the same intensity as the famous perpetrator so as to “steal the thunder” of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. The media should take some time to consider the old adage “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about” and apply it to cases like these. For if they don’t publishers like Judith Regan will be waiting in the wings to help this particular jackhole make some money from a book which I would guess would be titled, “Why I did it”.

I am sure that sometime this year we all will find out what happens to the killer in this case, just as we found out in the NBS case – I guess that is because these guys are still living whereas the story ended after a period of pain and terror for their victims. Why not go forward and expunge the name of Steenkamp’s killer as we did for the case of John Lennon, 40, from Liverpool (killed October 8, 1980) so I, at least, can again have positive associations with the name of my favorite movie.

Hat Tips:

NBS, Flex Foot, Regan Books, Homicide, Lennon, Image Credit: Flickr

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