The red carpet is laid out. The celebrity guests and couples are beginning to arrive in their droves, dressed immaculately in all their latest custom designed suits and dresses. The scene is an atmosphere of flashing lights, lights emanating from the crazy global paparazzi looking for their piece of editorial glory! This is March, the month when the golden man, the Oscar, will be awarded to the over exuberant acting performances for Tinsel Town in the previous year.
But back home in South Africa there is another performance and drama happening in the picturesque Jacaranda city of Pretoria. This time the golden Oscar must be wondering who this other Oscar fellow is that is stealing his limelight. I am not going to comment much about the case surrounding Oscar Pistorius and the tragic killing of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. There’s another dimension I want to comment on, something which has caught my attention in recent months.
I wrote about the recent controversy surrounding Lance Armstrong and his misgivings in December. I highlighted the many downfalls that come with high octane sport, especially with major commercial and endorsement deals being penned. But I am beginning to wonder whether being a sport celebrity is beginning to have many cons to it, that it as a life seems to have no major meaning anymore, even with such glorified moments such as a double amputee person being the first to run in a major non-paralytic event. This kind of sporting celebrity life is short in itself, and there is enough drama a sportsperson will go through, least of all a murder case.
Growing up, I wondered and dreamed about what being a famous sportsperson would be like; I was naive, thinking all is great and good in this life, that many things come easily to you as famous sportsperson as compared to the man on the street. I might be a bit cynical here, but of late much of the major unbelievable achievements by such sportspeople are momentarily lived, before they are overshadowed by a major disaster or controversy surrounding them. I wonder if the aspiring kids in sports today are also wondering whether going through very brief highs like Oscar Pistorius did are worth it. Maybe the normal life is the life all kids will begin to dream of!
The Oscar Pistorius case has also demonstrated once again that society is becoming fickle; they are quick to ridicule someone who was once considered a major hero or heroine and role model. It was astonishing to see how many people reached many conclusions on social media platforms immediately that Oscar Pistorius was guilty when the news first broke out, even though many of the details of the case were yet to emerge! Society is perhaps becoming frustrated by the fact that their once cherished and honored heroes no longer portray these very characteristics, and society is constantly disappointed by the mysterious wrongdoings of such heroes. This is perhaps created by the expectations of such societies that border on perfectionism, and the reality is that these sports people cannot always have a perfect image, or that perfect performance like an Oscar performance!
This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a safe and happy weekend! Till next Friday.
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- Oscar Pistorius case: The Blonde is the victim here, Blade (telegraph.co.uk)