PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
shirley_martin84
 
Comments: 20
Article views: 18980
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all shirley_martin84's badges.
 

Oscar Pistorius - Hero or Hooligan?

03 November 2011, 12:44
Oscar and those around him like to paint him as a hero. An athlete who should be regarded as a positive role-model.  Someone who should be emulated.

But what and who is the real Oscar? Is he a hero or is the truth that he is closer to a hooligan than we are usually led to believe?  We have seen glimpses of the "non-hero" a number of times in the press. The boating accident and stories of drunkenness associated with the incident. The girl and the purported assault – again with stories of associated alcohol abuse.  All of these stories have been rapidly, even vehemently denied. Nothing should tarnish the hero image.

To add to this, "friends of friends" come back from parties and report the latest incidences that demonstrate the (lack of) behaviour of Oscar with great relish. A waitress one knows who believes she had the misfortune to serve him.  That type of thing.  It’s not surprising therefore that I’ve often wondered whether the stories are true or not – you know the “where there’s smoke there’s fire” type of thing. And if they are true, whether they are made to “disappear” because somehow people feel sorry for Oscar and will excuse his behaviour because he is a "star" or the more likely option because he is "handicapped".

Apart from an idle 'I wonder' from time to time, I had never really bought into it though.  I preferred to think that the person who is presented to us (by him and his representatives) - the 'admirable Oscar' - is the same person as the 'real Oscar'.  Unfortunately my inclination to view him positively and to feel sorry for him about the ‘nasty rumours’ that are spread about him came to a disillusioning abrupt halt the other evening.

I had the unfortunate opportunity of finding out first hand how unheroic Oscar can be in real life when he has had too much to drink.

I was at the Kings of Leon concert on Friday night with my fiancé, my best friend and her husband.  We were seated in the golden circle.  An exceptionally drunk and incredibly rude Oscar Pistorius was also there.  Unfortunately he seemed to be far too comfortable with being both drunk and rude than one would have liked for one of our "heroes".

My first glimpse of Oscar was seeing him all but fall into a group of people and had to be helped up by one of his equally drunk friends. We just looked at one another and shook our heads. Maybe he just looked that drunk because his blades weren’t too stable.  As the evening progressed, Peter (my friend’s husband) and Adrian (my fiancé) went off to buy us something to drink.  Marilyn and I were rocking away to the fantastic Shadowclub when we were practically shoved off our feet by Oscar.  This was no accidental stumble! It was a pure and simple act of arrogance and aggression.  When Marilyn (in a firm but extremely non-aggressive manner) told Oscar that his behaviour was rude and unacceptable, she was met with a flurry of verbal abuse! This included being labelled “f…ing lesbians” and a significant amount more. Good manners preclude a repetition of the full gamut of the tirade.  Marilyn – profoundly taken aback – said to Oscar “what is your problem”.  His reply: “I’m drunk, what’s yours.”

I’m not usually phased by people who are not too sober.  Both Adrian and Peter have been known to hand the car keys to one of us ‘girls’ after a night out.  What phased me was the thoroughly unpleasant Oscar that emerged after his drinking.  It was clear from his behaviour that evening that Thomas de Quincy’s comment that “most men are disguised by sobriety” may very well have been written with just such a performance as Oscar’s in mind.

There are a number of questions that have been left in our minds as a result of our unfortunate encounter with Oscar.  Firstly, if he is such a ‘hero’ why was his default position one of extreme profanity, arrogance and disregard – even contempt - for others.  Secondly, why did he believe being drunk excused his disgusting behaviour.  Finally and I believe probably the most serious indictment against him from my perspective was related to why he felt the need to be abusive to women.  The attack on us was without any provocation whatsoever.  Not that I believe that provocation ever serves to excuse abusive behaviour but it does sometimes allow us to explain its occurence.  As part of this abuse, why was it Oscar’s automatic mysoginistic response to label two women standing together as ‘lesbians’?  While neither of us comes close to fitting any stereotypes attached to such a label, one would be profoundly concerned that someone who is punted as a “shining example” harbours negative stereotypes about women in any way (irrespective of their sexual orientation).

I am afraid that this ‘golden boy’ has not only tarnished his image as far as we are concerned.  He offered us conclusive evidence that there is just a very, very thin veneer of gold paint that covers him.

How sad.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
20 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Meta
News in the digital age

How do you think that spreading your hate/bigotry and or intolerance helps anybody? Read more...

13 comments 881 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
How and why a Dictator is born

One needs to remember looking back in history these hard times is when a dictator is more likely to get born. It is during these hard times that a dictator gets voted into power. Read more...

8 comments 1656 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

2 comments 416 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Celebration

Make a list of at least ten things that you can celebrate, and write two or three reasons why you can celebrate those things or events. Read more...

1 comments 144 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Last squeak of the year

 Read more...

12 comments 183 views
Submitted by
MarkH

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.