Look! Here are 5 super great paparazzi pics of your favourite celebs to secretly gawk at!

Lindsay Lohan says she feels 'humiliated' after her shocking Hollywood sex list was published!

Thinus Ferreira

SABC1, Tropika - let Reeva rest in peace

2013-02-15 15:09
It's extremely sad, distressing, disappointing and actually scandalous-incredulous that SABC1 and production company Stimulii are not pulling (or at the very least postponing) the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure 5 with the late model Reeva Steenkamp who will appear on television on Saturday.

She's not even buried yet.

Steenkamp, the girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, was allegedly shot in the head and killed. Now a case of murder is being investigated by the police.

The very least SABC1's channel head Leo Manne and Stimulii executive producer Samantha Moon and Tropika could have done (or should do) is to postpone the advertiser-funded reality show until Steenkamp at least had a funeral or some kind of memorial service.

The nice words of sympathy from SABC1 and from Stimulii and Samantha Moon echo horribly hollow as they push for Tropika Island of Treasure 5 to go ahead, instead of immediately doing what in my opinion would be the sensitive, gracious, non-commercial and right thing to do by pulling it off the schedule. At least temporarily.

How much more mature do M-Net and DStv come across who immediately took off all on-air promos and ads and immediately removed billboards yesterday? Their actions publicly line up with their words of saying that its done out of "respect for the bereaved".

Tears and words of sympathy mean very little if you don't actually show you care. Yes, television is a business. And the show must go on. I get that.

But sometimes because it's television, because it's media, you need to be adult about it and not put someone on television two days after she was shot dead.

Do we as a TV industry really lack the moral leadership, insight, best practice and emotional intelligence as shown by overseas broadcasters who pull episodes, shows and commercials when people in those productions unexpectedly die due to killing, suicide or some form of tragedy like an accident?

Discovery, after the recent Sandy Hook primary school massacre, even pulled and cancelled a reality show about guns which doesn't even directly have anything to do with the Sandy Hook school shooting. Are we that much more insensitive, uncaring and confused in South African television about what the right thing is to do?

Ask yourself: If you're a TV executive what would be more difficult? Keeping a TV show on in which a person appearing in it died a violent death, or taking a TV show off air? And, are you able to make that call and the more difficult decision which - yes - will disrupt a schedule, will cost money, will create logistical problems and require more effort than just letting everything be as it is?

I've asked the SABC and SABC1 some questions about the issue, questions which the SABC and SABC1 have so far not responded to and which I now actually suspect they won't bother to answer. They're difficult questions but questions as a journalist I have to ask.

What is SABC1, Stimulii and Tropika's rationale for keeping the show on and not pulling it, at least temporarily? Why if someone dies a violent death in South Africa does the programming remain on-air if it hasn't started yet? Why can't the starting date of the show be postponed until there's been at least some adequate time for the family to grieve?

Do you want to see your mom, sister, daughter or niece appearing on TV in a pre-recorded show two days after they've been killed?

Steenkamp will be seen by South African viewers on television on Saturday at 18:30 on Tropika Island of Treasure 5. And for me, that's not right. This is a sponsored show by Tropika. It's a sponsored advertiser-funded production (AFP) that's supposed to sell, and be about, happiness.

Now, Tropika Island of Treasure 5 will just be terribly sad; at the very least extremely ironic in a post-modern television context, like a Marilyn Monroe or Che Guevara image which belies a sad, twisted and highly ironic truth behind the external veneer.

Every time Steenkamp says something, smiles or does something on the tranquil beaches of Jamaica, you won't want to reach for a Tropika to drink. You won't think the show is great. You won't wish you were at the beach. Every time you watch Tropika Island of Treasure 5, you will be thinking that Reeva Steenkamp is dead.

Why the people making television can't see that, can't sense that, is probably the most ironic thing of all.

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
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Recent News

It's not illegal, but surely it's not right for MTV to be advertising vodka when the majority of its audience is under 18 years of age? Read this review

Dineo's Diary is boring television with no redeeming qualities which offers nothing but empty calories for viewers, writes Thinus Ferreira. Read this review

inside channel 24

Now Showing at the Movies

Where is it showing...
OR find out what's on where...


More Gossip

This Week's Top Free Song



Download Now » Here’s the brand new track from Francois and the loud Bellville lads, their first new track for two years and well worth the wait.
Get More Free Music »

Jobs - Find your dream job

Property - Find a new home

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation.Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Sony BDP-S1100 Smart Blu-Ray Player now R699

This smart player supports multiple playback options including Blu-ray movies, DVD's, CD's and media files via USB. Plus stream movies, music and catch-up TV through the Sony entertainment network. Buy now!

DVDs under R100

Catch these epic blockbusters for under R100. Featured titles include, Frozen, Despicable Me2, About Time, The Animal Communicator and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

The Real Meal Revolution

The goal of The Real Meal Revolution is to change your life by teaching you how to take charge of your weight and your health through the way you eat. Order now!

kalahari.com #1 selling product

gobii eReader + FREE wall charger and leatherette cover now R599, save R340. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.