November 17th, 2006

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on The Juice...


OJ Simpson
The Juice is Loose!
There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about OJ Simpson. It seems OJ has signed a book deal to talk about the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole and Hollywood D-lister/partyboy/waiter Ron Goldman, and how he did it. Assuming he did. Which he claims he didn't.

I'm on record as saying that I'm not entirely convinced that OJ did it. Honestly, I can't say that I know one way or the other. I wasn't there. But having been acquitted on all charges, I'm pretty much willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. There's actually a lot of evidence that could be used to point to OJ being innocent. There's a lot of evidence saying he did it too. But at the end of the day, not a single ounce of that matters, as he was found innocent in a court of law. End of story. No double jeopardy. Lets move on.

But I didn't really want to debate whether he did it or not. Despite his legal innocence, the rest of the world pretty much has decided that he is. What's on the table now is should he or should he not be releasing this book and should he or should he not be given interview time on Fox in two weeks. People are urging the boycott of the interview and book.

That might very well be the stupidest shit I've ever heard in my life. Why the fuck would anyone not want to hear what OJ has to say? I for one can't wait to hear what OJ has to say!

The thing is, on June 11, 1994, nobody gave a damn about Orenthal James Simpson. The man was one of the greatest running backs of all time, the first man to ever rush for 2000 yards in a single NFL season, he was a first round draft pick, heismann winner and a six time pro-bowler, and for all that, no one paid the slightest iota of attention to him other than maybe a few hardcore Leslie Nielsen fans. Then his wife is murdered and he's arrested for it, and the trial happens and suddenly he's the most famous man on the planet.

At the end of the day, one of two things is true. Either the Juice killed Nicole and Ron or he didn't. Either he is a cold blooded murderer who skated on the biggest murder rap in history or he's an innocent man who's life was railroaded by an imperfect system that found him innocent and still sentenced him to a life of ridicule and mistrust. Either way, lets just face it, the man has a fucking story to tell, and that's one story I want to hear.

Barbara Walters went on record the other day saying she was offered the OJ interview and passed on it. WHAT IN THE BLOODY BLUE THE FUCK?!?! The woman interviewed Castro for HOVA's sake.

People keep saying stuff like "but what about the families?" As though this somehow hurts them more. Well, excuse me, but tough shit. You know who gives awesome interviews? Charles Manson! The guy is about as evil as they come, but when he feels like speaking up, its the kind of thing that you want to pay attention to and see what's going on in that whacked out skull of his. If Hitler were alive today, I'd sure as hell want to hear what was going on in his mind. I can't fucking wait to see the day that Larry King books Osama Bin Laden.

Is this callous of me? Or is it just good sense? As inconsequential as Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldmen were in the grand scheme of things while they were alive, they are now forever cemented into the pop history of 20th century. Neither of them can talk about it now, but OJ can. And whatever he knows or doesn't know about the event has got to make for great television. Hell, I can't even peel myself away from Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator.

Wow... wouldn't it be fucking awesome if Penny Loafer Jones got a sit down interview with Roman Polanski?