Oscar Pistorius Returns To Twitter, Tweets Quote From Holocaust Survivor Viktor Frankl
His account has been silent since February, and for good reason. But the South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has broken his Twitter silence in a, well, kind of weird way. Because I guess what you're eating for brunch isn't really apropos during a murder trial. So what does one tweet during a murder trial, you ask? Well, inspirational memes.
Specifically, memes from the Bible and splashed (inexplicably) over the state of Oklahoma. I mean, I love Twitter and all, but I'm not sure that facing life in jail is the time to start posting inspirational memes. As in, the same ones that splash across your grandma's Facebook timeline and inevitably end up in Monday morning Instagram feeds. The Blade Runner's second tweet was a collage of photos with Pistorius and adorable children, surrounding this passage:
You have the ability to make a difference in someone's life. Sometimes it's the simple things you say or do that can make someone feel better or inspire them.
Then came a quote from Holocaust memoir Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. This seems like a strange comparison, especially considering Pistorius' could-be imprisonment. After all, if Pistorius was sentenced to decades in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva, the situation couldn't be more different than being imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Is this a poor-taste attempt to paint himself as the victim?
And then, a prayer. Clearly a loss and strength theme here, but I guess when you're on trial there is really nothing else to do but, you know, stay positive...?
Pistorius' last tweet before the five-month silence, posted on Valentine's Day of this year, linked to a short statement on his website on the death of Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend that he is currently on trial for killing. The letter was posted a year after Steenkamp was shot.
His first tweet:
Seriously, what is with Oklahoma? Do you think he realizes what shape that is? I am going to wager that he doesn't. And no one in his Twitter replies seems to have realized it either. Am I the only one that sees this?
I feel like the subtlety is lost here.
Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning details his time as an inmate in Auschwitz.
“Lord, today I ask that you bathe those who live in pain in the river of your healing. Amen.”