Saturday, November 18, 2006

If I Did It (Updated)

Ed Wyatt at the Times reports.

Why is O.J. Simpson doing this? Why is there a publisher out there willing to lift so much as an ink cartridge to put something like this in circulation?

Moral propriety anyone?

Even if the book doesn't contain the implied content, the insinuation of such content is condemnable. They (O.J. & publisher) knew the ubiquitous uproar this would incite - they must've counted on it.

Perhaps his primary goal is to earn the 33.5 million he owes the Browns and the Goldmans, but with a good dose of malevolent sarcasm?

I can't imagine what he's saying to his children, both sets. This entire happening - the upcoming book, the insidious publicity being generated, the notorious Fox interview coming up on the 27th - it's all unbelievably mean-spirited, not to mention cruel. Disrespectful squared. And the title's all wrong, no? Personally, I think WHEN I DID IT has a better ring to it.

At any rate, let's see how many curious viewers Madison Avenue thinks there'll be on the 27th.

Update 11/21/06:

NEW YORK (AP) "Maybe we won't find out how he would've done it. After a firestorm of criticism, News. Corp. said Monday that it has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and television special "If I Did It". "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman. "We are sorry for any pain that his has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson." A dozen Fox affiliates had already said they would not air the two-part sweeps month special, planned for next week before the book's publication.

Better late than never, I suppose, but you can't un-ring a bell. No doubt this book - and interview - will turn up online soon, if they haven't already.

You know....this calls the Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam acquittals to mind. They were both acquitted for the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, but later confessed to journalist William Bradford Huie in a story for Look Magazine--a story for which they were paid. Why was there no public outcry toward Look Magazine? Take a wild, wild guess.

I'm exhausted just thinking about it.


  1. Rebecca Donna TricolliNovember 20, 2006 9:19 AM

    What can anyone say to this? It's one of the lowest points of humanity. The saddest part is they know everyone will be watching that damn interview, and if the book's Amazon ranking is any indication, the goddamn book'll be a bestseller. Dispicable whether he is or isn't the murderer....and he's obviously telling us catagorically that he is. No innocent man would do this.

  2. I agree, Rebecca. And he clearly feels no remorse, which is scary. But, I always say - if you did it once, you'll do it again.

  3. Applause, applause, applause! OJ should not earn a dime from the death of Nicole and Ron. There must be some lightening striking somewhere when something like that happens. The universe should grieve!

  4. Forgot to comment on Emmit Till. All I can say is it's evident there's been a horrific build of tolerance for racial imbalance and injustice.

  5. I'd forgotten about the till case. Very apropos parallel.


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