BBC removes Oscar Pistorius trailer after backlash over Reeva's name

BBC removes Oscar Pistorius trailer after backlash over Reeva's name

- BBC recently received a plethora of backlash after releasing the trailer of their two-part Oscar Pistorius documentary trailer

- In the trailer, Reeva Steenkamps name was not mentioned once, with those in the clip refers to the model as 'her' or 'she'

- BBC quickly removed the trailer from screens following the widespread criticism

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The trailer for the highly-anticipated Oscar Pistorius murder trial documentary was recently aired in a tweet made by the official BBC Twitter page. Instead of fuelling the world's anticipation, the trailer fuelled anger in viewers who pointed out that not once in the short trailer was Reeva Steenkamp's name mentioned.

According to reports, in the trailer, which featured snippets of conversations had with interviewees, no one mentioned the slain model and paralegal's name, always referring to Reeva as 'she' or 'her'.

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This resulted in widespread complaints and criticism from viewers who questioned the BBC on its decision to allow the clip to be aired in that condition. Many of them headed to the comment section to angrily share their thoughts with the company.

The Independent reports that BBC quickly responded to the outrage with an apology and removed the trailer shortly afterward.

"We regret that the original trail did not refer to Reeva Steenkamp directly. We are aware of the upset it has caused, which was never the intention.
"We have removed the trailer and it will be replaced by something more representative of the series, which examines in detail a number of complex issues connected to her murder," BBC said in a statement.
BBC removes Oscar Pistorius trailer after backlash over Reeva's name

BBC gets called out for controversial Oscar Pistorius doccie trailer. Source: Twitter/ @themaschil
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In other Briefly.co.za news, Kelly Khumalo was named as a person of interest in the Senzo Meyiwa case in a damning document that was leaked on Tuesday, 27 October. The songstress has not responded to the media frenzy that has ensued and has instead chosen to continue promoting her album.

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Some Mzansi social media users still showed their support to her and offered words of comfort. Kelly Khumalo remained mum after trending for the last few days due to the ongoing Senzo Meyiwa trial. She recently took to Instagram to continue promoting her new music.

Her single, Empini, is a song about being in a war. She captioned her post with some lyrics from the song which best describe her current situation.

"Empini, lingashon’ emini (At war, it will end when the sun sets during the day)."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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