South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was removed from the “It Gets Better Project” anti-bullying campaign after news broke that he was charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend.
Pistorius rose to fame at the 2012 Summer Olympics when he became the first double amputee to run with able-bodied runners.
The project, headed up by University of Cape Town student Andrew Barry, is modeled directly after the video campaign started in the gay activist Dan Savage.
In the video that was dropped, Pistorius said, “Just remember that you’re special. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to change. Take a deep breath and remember it will get better.”
Pistorius has maintained his innocence in the incident, stating that he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three times through a closed bathroom door on Valentine’s Day because he thought she was an intruder in his home.
“I didn't kill Reeva,” read a statement from Pistorius. “I deny that I committed murder in the strongest point. I tried to save Reeva but she died in my arms. I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated. I had no intention to kill my girlfriend.”
The South African It Gets Better Project isn’t the only organization to drop Pistorius. Nike has removed Pistorius from ads and said they had no future plans to use him.
As of press time, an email to the It Gets Better Project here in the states wasn’t returned.