Blade Runner’s story will overshadow his crime
Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in Opinion
Oscar Pistorius has been South Africa’s national hero for his amazing feats on the track as a sprint runner. His legs were amputated below the knee when he was eleven months old, but he did not let that stop him from pursuing his dreams. With the use of prosthetic legs, he became known as the fastest man with no legs and earned the nickname “Blade Runner.” Throughout his career, he has participated in three Paralympic games, winning six gold medals, a silver medal, and a bronze medal.
The nation of South Africa and the world were shocked to hear the news that Pistorius was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. His story seems believable, but there is a strong possibility that the public is more likely to believe that a celebrity is innocent of a crime, or at least that he was not completely at fault. Had the murder suspect of this story been an average Joe, the public would have been more likely to believe that the girlfriend’s death was unintentional. This special treatment for celebrities has been a trend throughout history.
Human nature tends to see the best in people we look up to. Our Founding Fathers, for example, believed that slavery was a necessary evil in the United States. They had no problem claiming that “all men are created equal,” when they really meant all white, property-owning men are created equal. We still look up to these men for founding our great country, but tend to overlook the injustices they allowed.
Bill Clinton cheated on his wife while in the Oval Office, but many still see him as one of the most accomplished men in recent history. Americans see him as a president who lowered the national deficit and helped the nation prosper economically. The Monica Lewinski scandal may have been a big issue in the 1990s, but everyone seems to have forgotten Clinton’s infidelity.
Martin Luther King is one of the most inspiring men in American history. He led the Civil Rights Movement and strove for the equality of all the races. However, he too was guilty of infidelity. The irony is great: he preached about righteousness and equality, but he was cheating on his wife throughout his great speeches. His legacy will never be tarnished either. When people hear Martin Luther King, Jr., they think of his achievements, not his flaws.
Furthermore, Chris Brown physically abused his girlfriend, and the world seemed to be outraged for the first few weeks. Afterwards, however, not only did Rihanna forgive him, but so did most of his fans. Humans make mistakes they claimed, but would we be as willing to forgive our friend or family member’s significant other for physical abuse?
So whether Pistorius is guilty of murder or he actually believed there was an intruder, we may never know. But the probability that we want to believe his side of the story is pretty high because of the personal connection we have built with him. We’ve seen him compete and win in the Paralympics and have heard the touching story of how, despite his disability, Pistorius beat the odds and became a world-famous athlete. We believe that “Blade Runner” is a good man, who could not be capable of committing a cold-blooded murder.