The title of a recently released ABC News article is “Fast Cars, HOT TEMPER, Guns: Finding THE REAL Oscar Pistorius” (Web-site/URL: http://abcnews.go.com/International/fast-cars-hot-temper-guns-finding-real-oscar/story?id=18622162#.UTFlhW_AM2w.twitter).
“Today (March 1, 2013) in South Africa, Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers are trying to reach a settlement with a woman who accused him of assault and called the police. Pistorius sued her for libel, saying the short time he spent in jail ruined his reputation and caused him to lose ENDORSEMENT DEALS — even though no assault charges were ever filed”. “endorsement deals” again reinforces that this is all about MONEY.
According to Christine Brennan, “a sports columnist and commentator for ABC News“, “It’s such a COMPELLING, HEART-WARMING story of a young man putting those carbon fiber blades on — there were millions of people with disabilities around the world who [thought], ‘I’m going to CHEER FOR him. I COULD BE him” and even “I” WANT TO “be” LIKE “him”. Well, this certainly ISN’T the case anymore. “The REALITY is, IT’S NOTHING OF THE SORT” obviously. Many celebrities HAVE TROUBLE DEALING WITH “reality”. “WE HAVE NO IDEA who Oscar Pistorius is EXCEPT FOR THAT BRIEF TIME HE IS ON THE TRACK IN FRONT OF US“. This is the impression of Oscar Pistorius that we’re SUPPOSED TO HAVE. Sadly, this ISN’T the case anymore.
According to David O’Sullivan, “a South African radio personality and FRIEND OF Pistorius”, “He was into the FAST life, the FAST car. He was ABOUT TO buy himself a SUPERcar, a McLaren” before HE KILLED HIS GIRLFRIEND that is. That’s how much MONEY this guy had. McLaren is a FORMULA ONE RACECAR.
According to Michael Sokolove, “a sports writer for the New York Times“, “Oscar was MORE THAN A LITTLE CRAZY. Mainly because of the way he DROVE“. “Sokolove visited Pistorius in South Africa in 2011 and found that for the young star, the need for speed EXTENDED BEYOND the track to MACHO pursuits like power bikes and sports cars. And, as he did with his own body, Pistorius liked to push those machines to THEIR LIMITS“. “macho” sounds like a guy named FANG XIN in SHANGHAI when he was chasing KATE HE in HONG KONG. Fang, it seemed, HAD TO BE “macho” and that’s NOT good obviously. We are now in the 21st century. Women SHOULD contribute to society OUTSIDE the home/being a HOUSEWIFE. “We were driving 150 miles an hour. There was a point that it was RAINING. We were on some state’s turnpike and he’s weaving in between cars and TAILGATING them” an EXTREMELY ANNOYING driving tactic/habit. “And just REALLY INSANE driving. He saw it as SPORT. But I FEARED HE WOULD HURT HIMSELF“. “really insane” is obviously A DAMNING INSULT, but is tempered by “I feared he would hurt himself” which is a statement of CONCERN.
“Pistorius did wipe out on his dirt bike, resulting in a DARKLY COMIC moment, Sokolove said”.
“One of his artificial legs CAME OFF. It was HANGING ON A FENCE POST. And he just JOKED. He said, ‘Well, I guess that was one time when it was an advantage NOT to have your own leg‘”. Again, there is NOTHING funny about this.
“Another accident was less funny”.
“In 2009, Pistorius came within inches of his life after he hit a submerged pier in a speedboat accident on the Vaal River, in South Africa. He SMASHED his eye socket, jaw, nose and two ribs, and needed to be airlifted to a hospital for SPECIAL surgery“. That WASN’T “funny”, although oddly enough, Pistorius DIDN’T realize the seriousness of it.
O’Sullivan went on: “I remembered talking to him afterwards and he said it made him take stock of his life and realize, ‘Well I CAN’T behave in that way‘. And I thought, Well, there’s Oscar’s WAKE-UP CALL”. Has Pistorius “(taken) stock” and “(woken) up?”
“Pistorius tried to slow down, but the flirting with danger — and BEAUTIFUL WOMEN — never stopped. He invested in race horses, kept two pet tigers and MAINTAINED A STRONG INTEREST IN WEAPONRY“. This is THE MOST troubling.
Sokolove continued: “He’d (Pistorius would) say, ‘ Well, I’m sort of ANTSY, I CAN’T SLEEP (so) Let’s go to THE SHOOTING RANGE‘. This is another indication that Pistorius has PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS in addition to insomnia, with PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS clearly being a MUCH bigger concern. “Let’s go to the shooting range” sounds like a statement of MASSIVE INSECURITY, given that Pistorius thought REEVA STEENKAMP was an intruder. Steenkamp was SUPPOSEDLY the woman that Pistorius had “planned a future with” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/pistorius-girlfriend-were-planning-future-uncle-142136511–finance.html). “I thought that was SOMEWHAT bizarre then and IN THE LIGHT OF DAY, MORE bizarre now obviously.
“Pistorius owned MULTIPLE guns, and it WASN’T just for sport. Pistorius had LEGITIMATE (?) concerns about safety, given the violence in South African society”. “legitimate?” Again this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Pistorius reportedly slept with a gun by his bed, and in a recent tweet he recounted nearly shooting up his own WASHING MACHINE (?) when he mistook its noise for the sound of an INTRUDER“. So, we can officially describe Pistorius as HYSTERICAL about “intruders” now. He is EXTREMELY INSECURE.
“Pistorius’ friend Kevin Lerena has his own story to tell, from a night at a Johannesburg restaurant”. “Oz (Oscar Pistorius) happened to ask my one mate to SEE his gun. My mate passed the gun across to him and unfortunately the gun WENT OFF. The bullet missed my toe by an inch. I could have LOST my foot“. This guy is also HYSTERICAL about GUNS. “I’ve never seen a person’s face change so quickly in my life. [Pistorius] WENT PALE; he actually started shaking he was so APOLOGETIC (?)” This is yet another INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Even freak accidents can be bad for one’s IMAGE, so the incident was COVERED UP “.
“My friend TOOK THE FALL FOR [Pistorius] because of his STATUS. No one was saying ‘ PROTECT Oscar’, but someone else took the fall for us as a FRIEND“. This was the latest/another case of a “friend’s” BETRAYAL.
“Clearly the “Blade Runner” was a HOT-BLOODED ALPHA male — but was he also hot-tempered? Last year (2012), after a series of JEALOUS texts over an 18-year-old girlfriend, police say, Pistorius told another man he would BREAK his legs“. Wow. “hot-blooded alpha male” and “jealous” again sound like FANG XIN in SHANGHAI. These are obviously VERY BAD/NEGATIVE characteristics.
O’Sullivan went on: “I was AMAZED” obviously in a BAD way. “I was TAKEN ABACK. I DIDN’T think (that) Oscar had it in him to make those kinds of THREATS, to THREATEN that level of VIOLENCE”. Again, “threats”, “threaten” and “violence” ARE NOT words that we EXPECT to associate with a ROLE MODEL (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “He’s got his moments of ANGER“, which, of course, we know is a DANGEROUS emotion because people who are “angry” can be and often are HIGHLY CONFRONTATIONAL. “Maybe TOO MANY people wanting TOO MUCH from him and eventually he SNAPS. … I could never say these are premonitions of greater DARKNESS to Oscar’s personality, though“. So, Pistorius’ “personality” is “dark”. Again, this is NOT good.
According to former South African reserve police officer Andy Grudko”, “His P.R. machine was very good and COVERED UP his FEW indiscretions”. This should be “few”, but SIGNIFICANT “indiscretions”.
“Whatever HUMAN shortcomings Pistorius may have had, the image the public wanted to preserve was London 2012, his SPRINT INTO IMMORTALITY as the first double-amputee Olympian”. Notice “human” vs. “sprint into immortality”. “sprint into immortality” is informally known as HYPE. Are we talking about Pistorius or JEREMY LIN here? Lin, of course, was so HYPED during the Knicks’ SEVEN-game win streak during the 2011-12 season but COLLAPSED down the stretch with Lin missing much of the regular season and the playoffs because of a knee injury. EVERYONE is “human”. NO ONE is or should be classified/described as “immortal”.
“But weeks later, the Paralympics were held in the same stadium. After a surprising upset, Pistorius’ good sportsmanship WENT OUT THE WINDOW. He said that the Brazilian sprinter who beat him at the finish line had an unfair advantage because of his running blades”. “Pistorius’ good sportsmanship went out the window” because of ARROGANCE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Sokolove continued: “He said it was UNFAIR and he was petulant (NOT happy) about it and this SHOCKED (?) people“. This SHOULDN’T be a “shock” as this is just another CELEBRITY‘s ARROGANCE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “He , HE SAID he regretted it. Everybody looks back now: Was this something that changed him, or was this evidence that he had already changed?” NEITHER. “He apologized”, but he obviously DIDN’T mean it.
“This fall (2012), Pistorius told friends that his life had changed — FOR THE BETTER. That was when he met the GORGEOUS girl from Port Elizabeth, Reeva Steenkamp”. Why would anyone KILL a “gorgeous girl?” It DEFIES LOGIC.
“Friends have testified that Pistorius was DEEPLY COMMITTED (?) to the relationship. If anything, they said, his heart was racing faster than Steenkamp might have wanted”. Someone who is “deeply committed to the relationship” certainly WOULD NOT have KILLED their partner.
Finally, “Amid the exhilaration of new love, Valentine’s Day was going to be special: flowers, dinner and romantic plans. Reeva Steenkamp’s last tweet read, “what do you have up your sleeve for your LOVE tomorrow???” Unfortunately and TRAGICALLY for Reeva Steenkamp, her “love for” Oscar Pistorius led to HER MURDER/her GETTING KILLED. Again, this is HORRIFYING.
To conclude, let’s focus once again on the title: “Fast Cars, HOT TEMPER (and) Guns: Finding THE REAL Oscar Pistorius”. Again, (people with) “HOT TEMPERS” are EXTREMELY PROBLEMATIC and “THE REAL Oscar Pistorius” is clearly NOT the Oscar Pistorius that the world has come to know and admire for breaking world records on the track with no legs. From now on, OSCAR PISTORIUS will forever be associated with insecurity and most damning of all, MURDER