By now, everyone should know who OJ Simpson is and the “alleged” crime he committed back in the early 90’s.
I was only a small child when the controversy happened and when I was growing up, the only thing I knew about OJ Simpson was the low-speed Bronco chase and the infamous black leather gloves that didn’t fit his hands.
Since I was a teenager and now young adult, I’ve always had a knack for digging deeper and researching historical events such as this one. It has been 20 years since his acquittal and the American media has once again put a spotlight on one of the most vilified and creepily celebrated “murderers.”
On the 20th anniversary of Simpson’s acquittal, there were numerous TV specials and documentaries shown to take us back to that terrible night and to take us through the “trial of the century.” Documentaries such as, never-before-seen deposition tapes, new interviews with the Goldman family and Kris Jenner and even a timeline from the murder, car chase along withe verdict which still has the country divided. It is extremely obvious that America and the media has a love/hate relationship with cold-blooded killers (and alleged ones) and it’s almost like these criminals are being celebrated.
Now we have The People v. OJ: American Crime Story, a mind blowing FX series that recaps the infamous trial and a change in the way reporters reported the news and in a sense, a premature start of reality television.
“American Crime Story” stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as OJ Simpson, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, Sara Paulson as Marcia Clark, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, and David Swchimmer as Robert Kardashian.
The casting for this series is fantastic! Every cast member resembles the real life characters who played an important role during the trial. Smaller in comparison but with an identical “middle-aged uncle” walk like Simpson’s, it may take a while for Gooding to convince us as the very arrogant OJ, but we’ll give him a chance since we’re only on episode one with nine more to go!
If you don’t know anything about Simpson, his past, and what he “allegedly” did, Google is your friend! Every detail, evidence and gruesome photo is all over the internet. It was shocking to know that it was Nicole Brown Simpson’s Akita and its bloody paws that led a curious neighbor to the gruesome crime scene of Nicole and Ronald Goldman.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the the series plays out the rest of the events such as the car chase, trial and verdict. Those events brought an uncomfortable situation regarding race, as shown in the beginning with the assault of Rodney King by LAPD and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. After 20 years, this media circus still has people talking and it will forever go down as the biggest entertainment in popular culture. Whether you think OJ did it or not, America is still and will forever have its hands in contributing in the controversial ride of OJ Simpson’s life.
The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story airs every Tuesday at 10pm on FX