BBC condemned for not mentioning Reeva Steenkamp's name in Oscar Pistorius documentary trailer

Joshua Zitser
Tuesday 27 October 2020 14:00

On Tuesday morning, the BBC released a controversial new trailer for a documentary series about Oscar Pistorius.

The trailer for ‘The Trials of Oscar Pistorius’, an ESPN documentary that is to be broadcast on the BBC in November on iPlayer, fails to mention the name of Reeva Steenkamp a single time.

Steenkamp was Pistorius’s girlfriend. On Valentine’s Day 2013, he shot her four times and killed her. He claimed that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide in 2014, before being found guilty of murder in 2015 on appeal. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, including time already served.

The two-minute clip focuses on Pistorius's fall from grace and the subsequent trials he faced for murder.

People online were quick to express their anger that Steenkamp's name was not mentioned once.

Many people began to use the hashtags #SayHerName and #HerNameWasReevaSteenkamp

The BBC has been contacted for comment on the backlash against the trailer. If they respond, we'll update you.