O.J.: Made In America

 
This is one of the best documentaries about O.J. Simpson I’ve seen to date. “O.J. Made In America” is a four-part documentary that brings you an extensive look on Simpson’s life. It starts from his beginnings, how he became one of the best football players during the sixties, his trials as an actor and the infamous murder trial.

The docu-series was produced and directed by Ezra Edelman for ESPN. In 2017 it won an Oscar for Best Documentary. 
What I love the most about this documentary is that it shows you how he was built to become a celebrity and how his celebrity status, his privilege, helped him get away with a lot of things and probably with murder too.

During the sixties, Simpson was a football superstar. Mohammad Ali was also big at the time. The difference between the two: one supported the civil rights movement and spoke against the Vietnam war while the other enjoyed his celebrity status. You guessed right: Simpson. 

He reached a level of fame that transcended race. Simpson was able to be looked at as a star and nothing else. One woman even said what was Simpson doing surrounded by black people. He distanced himself from it; in a time, where his voice was important. 
The documentary it’s also a reflection of America. How it deals with racism, celebrity culture and domestic abuse. How all these elements created the perfect concoction for Simpson’s infamous trial where he was declared not guilty for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

The murder happened during the ’90s when police brutality was at its peak (not much has changed). And before the trial, Rodney King, a taxi man, was a very popular case about police brutality in 1991. Even though Simpson’s trial happened four years later, the tone was set. 

America was watching the trail through two different lenses: an abusive husband who killed his ex-wife or another black man set up by the police. The country was split. You can see images of people outside the courthouse selling t-shirts supporting Simpson. 

It’s really interesting how history played a huge role in this trial. 
It’s unfortunate that to this date, the Brown family and the Goldman family haven’t seen justice for the murder of their loved ones.
He did it. To me, there’s no doubt. He got lucky. He was in the right place at the right time.
If you also are interested in watching FX’s “The People v O.J. Simpson,” I strongly suggest watching this documentary first. You’ll have more context and more facts. Usually, this type of shows are dramatized for entertainment purposes and some details can slip through.
Do you think he did it?
 

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