While hosting the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 23, Andy made light of Oscar’s ongoing murder case. It may have earned laughs from the audience, but was it appropriate to joke about so soon?
The case of Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic runner who’s been charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in South Africa, isn’t exactly a laughing matter. So, what’s with 2013 Independent Spirit Awards host Andy Samberg cracking jokes about it during his opening monologue?
Andy Samberg’s Oscar Pistorius Jokes At Spirit Awards 2013
During his opening bit, the former SNL host, 34, cracked a joke about the 26-year-old runner, who was granted bail on Feb. 22, saying, “There’s been a lot of problems with this investigation, I think he’s going to walk.” The joke, which poked fun at Oscar’s missing limbs, earned laughs from the audience, which prompted another wisecrack from Andy. “I’m going to bring back this joke later. I think it’s got legs.”
While he’s not mocking the murder itself, we have to wonder whether it was too soon to joke about anything related the situation, especially with the case still in South African court.
The Case Against Oscar — Falling Apart?
The case against Oscar has been falling apart in recent days. During the bail hearing, it was revealed that the former lead investigator on the case, Hilton Botha, is being charged with the attempted murder of seven people himself! On top of that, he’s admitted to negligent behavior during the process of his investigation.
“The poor quality of evidence presented by chief investigating officer Botha exposed disastrous shortcomings in the state’s case,” said Oscar’s defense attorney, Barry Roux.
Oscar Out On Bail
On the fourth day of the bail hearing, Magistrate Desmond Nair granted Oscar release. He said: “The issue before me is whether this accused, being who is and the assets he has [here], would seek to duck and dive all over the world.” He concluded, “I cannot find that he is a flight risk. The accused has made a case to be released on bail. I appreciate that a person is dead, but I don’t think that is enough.”
Do you think Andy’s jokes about Oscar at the Independent Spirit Awards were inappropriate, HollywoodLifers?
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