The People v. O.J. Simpson finale tonight was full of twists and turns, despite the fact that we all knew the way the jury would swing.
The most interesting point the show covered was the aftermath of the trial for Simpson. Sure, he was found “not guilty,” but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t essentially banished from his previous life nonetheless.
His declarations to find Nicole Brown Simpson’s real killer fell on skeptical ears, and even his closest friend, Robert Kardashian, couldn’t help but vomit after the verdict because he was so disgusted Simpson got off.
Simpson was alienated from society, cast out by the people as unfit even though he wasn’t rotting in jail.
It’s important to note: Just because I said in my title that Simpson got a just punishment doesn’t mean I don’t think he should have spent the rest of his days behind bars. The minimum nine-year sentence he is currently serving seems almost laughable in comparison to the horrible things he has most likely done.
But what I mean is that society didn’t just forgive and forget in this case. Simpson will be haunted by it for the rest of his days. It has affected his reputation to its core. There is no way of fixing it, of going back to the good old days.
If you bring up Simpson’s name, his sports career is not what comes to mind. Now it is all about the glove, the anger, the Bronco and that “not-guilty” sentence that still has the power to send chills down your spine.
I have a hard time imagining that any sane person would actually want to build a valuable relationship with Simpson given his history. And that has to be a slow torture for him in and of itself. Not to mention that he has been barred from other aspects of life. This is showcased in the scene where Simpson can no longer get a reservation at the Riveria Country Club and how his welcome home party is a total bust.
Personally, I think I’d rather have jail time than be seen as one of the biggest stains on the country’s justice system. Simpson tried to bask in the hate when he published his book If I Did It, but even that was a monumental fail for his reputation.
The People v. O.J. Simpson, on the other hand, was a huge success. I’m already dreading my Tuesday nights without the drama.