OJ Simpson, former football great, former movie actor, a suspected double murderer, convicted armed robber, is in the news again. He has not committed any further crimes – yet.
However, much to the horror of some and the delight of others, Simpson has discovered Twitter. His first tweet, presented as a video, went as follows:
“Hey Twitter world, this is yours truly. Coming soon to Twitter, you’ll get to read all my thoughts and opinions on just about everything. It should be a lot of fun. I’ve got a little getting even to do.”
The tweet was uploaded 25 years almost to the day when Simpson’s former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were found savagely stabbed to death. Simpson was accused of the crime in short order, touching off one of the most celebrated trials of the last century.
Americans were glued to their television sets as the circus atmosphere proved to be as much entertainment as news. Simpson was acquitted of the charge, which laid bare the racial divide in the United States as African Americans celebrated and everyone else felt gut-punched at what they saw as a miscarriage of justice.
Simpson subsequently lost a wrongful death lawsuit brought against him by the victims’ families. He fled to Florida as a means to avoid paying much of the $33 million judgment.
In a bizarre twist, Simpson was arrested in 2007 on the charge of armed robbery and kidnapping in an incident involving sports memorabilia. He was convicted to 33 years in prison, of which he served nine years before being released on parole.
The question arises, why is OJ surfacing on social media? The simple answer is that he wants to, and he can. Simpson has become an attention hog and, now in his early 70s, wants some more of it before he shuffles off this mortal coil.
OJ Simpson has been famous all of his life. First, in college and then in the NFL, he was a star football player. He had few talents, but he could catch a football and run with it like lightning, which was enough to garner legions of fans.
Even before Simpson ended his football career, he acquired a second occupation as an actor. His skills on the small and big screens were what one would expect of an athlete. However, he looked good before the camera, such as when he did a cameo appearance in the miniseries “Roots” as an African tribesman with great running skills.
Simpson was an astronaut in the hoary space conspiracy film “Capricorn One” and a bumbling detective in the “Naked Gun” series. Olivier had nothing to fear from him, but Simpson found steady work. Acting and product endorsements made him a good living.
OJ Simpson gained his greatest fame as either a double murderer who got away with it or an innocent man persecuted because of his race and fame, depending on one’s point of view. To be sure, he was forever tainted because of the trial and a bit poorer because of the wrongful death judgment.
But Simpson came out the other end comfortable and unincarcerated.
The motivation for Simpson committing the 2007-armed robbery was bizarre, to say the least. Did he seriously think that he would get away with it? Not being particularly bright, perhaps he did.
The jury in Los Vegas, perhaps having the murder trial and its outcome in mind, shortly disabused Simpson of that notion. But, in any case, the old football great had gotten some attention again.
Simpson’s release in 2017 was hardly noticed by the media. The world had moved on, concentrating on current outrages, many of them having to do with President Trump. Clearly, OJ needed to do something to get his face and name back in the news.
Simpson has, as of this writing, about 650,000 followers, which is not bad for a washed-up athlete and actor with a sordid past. He’s gotten grave commentary in the media, not the least from the relatives of his alleged victims, who would rather not see his face ever again.
Hot Air suggests, “And once he is, a flame war with the extremely-online President of the United States is inevitable. The laws of the reality-TV universe we all now live in demand it.”
All of this is happening even before Simpson, as of this writing again, has commented on the murders. When that happens, Twitter will have descended to the ninth circle of the hell that it has already become.