O.J. Simpson is currently serving time for a kidnapping case from 2008, in which he and some associates held a man in a hotel room and attempted to take some O.J. memorabilia from him at gunpoint. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison, but he’s up for a parole hearing in July, which could mean he’ll be released in October.
Simpson was acquitted in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995, but the notoriety of the case wasn’t something that could be put aside when he was free. Simpson was sued in civil court by Ron Goldman’s family. The burden of proof in a civil court case is much less than in a criminal court, and Simpson was proven guilty and ordered to pay $33 million dollars to the Goldman family. Even if he is freed in October, his prospects for making (or keeping) money are very limited.
TMZ is reporting that one possibility floating around is that Simpson could make a reality television show. In 2006, he co-wrote a book called If I Did It, in which he essentially confesses to the murders. Fox filmed a special to coincide with the writing, but public outcry kept it from ever being aired. However, the public’s standards have fallen quite a bit in the last decade, if our current president is any indication.
According to TMZ, lots of producers they spoke with are interested in producing a show with O.J. if he gets out from behind bars. He’s spent some time in jail now, which might cool the public outcry. And the mini-series The People Vs. O.J. Simpson was a huge hit, awakening people’s interest in the case again. Some producers who spoke with TMZ seemed to believe that a show featuring O.J. still wouldn’t be tolerated and that no one would agree to advertise it. But another suggested airing this hypothetical series on Pay-Per-View because "people could pay without being judged."
Seems easier to watch without being judged when your viewing pleasure doesn’t appear on your bill, but it is a workaround to the networks’ potential refusal to air an O.J. Simpson money-maker. That money would ultimately go to the Goldmans, but it’s probably still not something most people would want to support.
What do you think? Would you watch the show?