Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer Barry Roux: the hip hop parodies

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By Alex Aldridge on

Televised murder trial turns South African barrister into cult figure.


The star of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, defence counsel Barry Roux, has become an internet meme, with tributes focusing, in particular, on his attachment to a phrase UK law students are often told to avoid: “I put it to you”.

So far the best of the Roux-based creations are two hip hop parodies in his honour. The first, which has been published on YouTube, begins: “I put it to you, that it is true, everything you say I will misconstrue…” and proceeds to make fun of Roux’s high-pitched voice and sometimes rambling style.

The second, on SoundCloud, is called ‘I’m Barry’ and is set to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’. It has got a great chorus: “Because I’m Barry….Come along if you feel like mixing it with the Roux. Because I’m Barry…Come along if you feel like innocence is the truth. Because I’m Barry…Come along if you really want me to put it to you.”

Barry Roux parodies can also be found on Twitter, with the leading one boasting almost 15,000 followers.