Pistorius, The Soap Opera
My thoughts exactly.
The long legal soap opera known as the Oscar Pistorius trial finally ended this week.
You know, if it were anyone else, I’d never make this joke. (original cartoon by Sam Gross, National Lampoon 1970)
The Pistorius show is the second most significant contribution that South Africa has made to the cultures of other nations. For those who are curious, that nation’s third most significant contribution is the vuvuzela and the greatest contribution is Ladysmith Black Mombazo’s singing on Paul Simon’s Graceland album.
The lead character, Pistorius, was a legless paralympic athlete (nicknamed “The Blade Runner” because of his metallic artificial legs) who shot his live in girlfriend through their bathroom door in the show’s first episode. His reason for the shooting was never clear. The producers left it an open question. Fans argued over which of the theories presented during the show were the motive – domestic violence or…
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