Hes the subject of documentaries, drama and enduring fascination. But as OJ Simpson walks free, does he still stir a meaningful debate about race?
Older, greyer and chubbier, a punchline for late-night TV hosts, all he apparently seeks is a quiet life and” simple pleasures” like seafood, steak and a new iPhone.
” He’ll be picked up … via helicopter and be flown directly to the situate of Dancing with the Stars ,” said Jimmy Kimmel.
” He’s been a model citizen in prison. He petitioned for books for the library, he coached a softball team, he never get in trouble. To me, that’s kind of a reason to keep him in prison – it’s the only place he’s not committing crimes ,” said Trevor Noah.
The cable news countdown to the release has a theatrical air closer to soap opera than breaking news, with speculation about how many cookies Simpson ate during nine years inside.
OJ as a symbol of America’s racial divide may feel anachronistic, a cobwebbed cliche now associated with John Travolta’s wig in the dramatised TV series The People v OJ Simpson. The United States, after all, has moved on, though not inevitably forwards.
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