Oscar Pistorius Twitter account tweets ‘hard truth’ during murder trial

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Dragging a case out of the courtroom, one update at a time.

Next month, the South African runner Oscar Pistorius will stand trial for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. But judging from its social media strategy, his public relations team aims to control the narrative before the proceedings even start.

The defensive Twitter account @OscarHardTruth, which promises “factual updates,” popped up yesterday, and is probably too hard a sell:


 

“Innocent until Proven Guilty” sounds nice, it’s just that “Truth Shall Prevail“ sounds a little more like they’re going to weave an X-Files-worthy conspiracy theory to explain Pistorius’s innocence. (The Paralympian, whose legs are amputated below the knee, claims he meant to shoot a perceived home intruder, and part of the case hinges upon whether he was wearing his prosthetics at the time.)

So far, though, the feed is just links to articles like this one, plus a few vague pronouncements. Nothing as yet on the newly leaked court document indicating that Pistorius had been surfing porn sites on his phone the night of the murder—Valentine’s Day. Pistorius’s media manager Anneliese Burgess and several family members will be in control of the account, South Africa’s News 24 reported

It remains to be seen how the quickly swelling ranks of followers will engage with this sort of unapologetic spin, especially considering the operators won’t respond to individual tweets. Trolls should feel free to bombard [email protected], however. Not the catchiest slogan, we know, but imoscar.com was already taken.

H/T News 24 | Photo by Global Sports Forum/Flickr

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'