New OJ Simpson Documentary Gives the Bigger Picture
Posted on June 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm
Premiering tomorrow on ABC and then continuing on ESPN, the documentary series “OJ Simpson: Made in America” is for people who watched the “American Crime Story” series about Simpson’s murder trial, for people who remember his career as a football superstar and television personality, for those who remember the 1995 trial for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend and his acquittal, and for those who read current headlines about the injustices of our legal system, with lenience for the white and wealthy and disproportionate police brutality and punishment for the poor and non-white.
Practically every moment of its seven-and-a-half-hour running time is thought-provoking, astonishing, sobering, hilarious, tragic, and sometimes all of those at once….Basically, O.J. Simpson: Made in America is about almost everything that has mattered in this country over the last 50 years. “We talk about O.J. as though the story is O.J.,” says journalist Celia Farber, one of the many sources who speak directly to camera throughout. “The story is O.J. and us.”