First, I have to start this commentary with a statement that I find it ludicrous in today’s age that with things like the war going on that OJ Simpson or Anna Nicole Smith or Paris Hilton are what some people would consider news worthy. But some people do, and that means that viewers and readers like this fodder, so that means that occasionally, I will write about it.
Honestly, It’s not often I will sink to the lower depths of human depravity and write about these types of things, but there was just something so amusing about hearing OJ was writing a book, and getting paid for it, that when I read it this afternoon, Sprite Zero literally shot out my nose and onto my computer monitor in no time flat. When I read the title of the book, and then went on to read what the book was actually about, I was laughing so hard my sides were hurting me.
So who out there among the conscious American public still believes OJ didn’t commit this crime, or at the very least, had a huge hand in the doing of it? I mean, for about 3.5 million, he’s about to ‘confess’ to the murders, in gory detail, and he’ll be laughing all the way to the bank to cash that check, “Ha-ha, suckers! If I Did It,” he’ll snort, “Ha-ha, yeah, right, IF.”
But more than this, I find the fact that anyone would actually BUY this book more appalling than his audacity in writing it. I have no intention of ever purchasing a copy of this book, nor do I wish to waste any of my time reading something that pretty much tells me what I already know: If I Did It? Come on, When I Did It might be a bit more accurate, don’t you think?
For three years now, I’ve been struggling to get a book into the best sellers list. Little did I know (although, yes, I did know this) that all I had to do was kill someone to make that happen. However, lots of people have killed and don’t end up on the best seller’s list. So what is it that makes this stuff he’s doing mean so much? Why do people read this crap? Why is Simpson news?
Well, in my opinion, it’s because he was a hero – a dying breed. When heroes fall, everyone watches, because it makes them a bit more human. Sad in a sense that in order for us normal folk to feel good about ourselves we have to watch someone fall to the depths of depravity – and believe me, Simpson is right there.
We watch in horror as the scene played out on the television – the car chase, the arrest, the courtroom games and antics, and then all the following him around afterward. Somewhere inside of us, we wanted to believe it wasn’t true. We were looking for that one little thing that could make us believe it wasn’t true.
And now, Mr. Simpson has given us, with this book, indelible proof that he committed these murders. This book is supposed to be an autobiography. Mr. Simpson has much about his life that he could have written, real stuff, true stuff, so why would he choose to focus on this one aspect of his life and tell, in detail, how he would have killed these two folks he has repeatedly denied having killed… it honestly makes no sense.
Oh, wait, yes it does make sense, come to think of it. He’s no longer in the news. His ego can’t handle it, so he had to do something in order to bring himself back into focus. It was his ego, I believe, that got him where he is now, and it’s his ego that keeps him going.
In the end, my simple little protest of refusing not to buy this book will do no good, because millions will flock to bookstores and purchase this book, if for nothing more than the sheer curiosity factor of it. We’ll see it hit the best sellers list along with a multitude of other books that neither are well written nor belong on that list of prestigious authors, but rather are written for the sheer sensationalism of it all.
So that’s it for me – my one and only commentary about OJ Simpson. Now, I can move on to much more important things in my life, like how to keep a belly button lint free.