The People v. O. J. “Orange Juice” Simpson
One of the biggest trials covered by the media (nicknamed the “trial of the Century” in the Nineties) in the history of the U.S. has recently been brought to the screen thanks to the series “American Crime Story”, produced by the FX TV network, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, among others. The first season, titled “The People v. O. J. Simpson”, recapitulates the murder trial of football star O. J. Simpson, known as “Orange Juice” or simply “The Juice”, which took place between 1994 and 1995 and drew more media coverage than any other trial in the history of America.
The series was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson.” The producers of the series thought this murder trial, officially “People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson”, would be a great way to explore American media and how issues such as race, gender and social class affect and play on public perception.
For example, 21 years ago, during the trial, many people from the black community took to the streets to publicly support “the Juice”, only on the basis that the Los Angeles Police Department, which made the arrest and collected evidence against OJ, had a bad reputation due to many incidents where police officers in the force had been known and proven to be racists. Another part of the black community, however, rejected OJ due to his status as a Hollywood celebrity, and the fact that he lived in an affluent neighborhood and most of his friends were white. This is one of the reasons why the trial is such a sensitive topic even to this day. OJ was also a gambling aficionado and he was arrested in Las Vegas in 2007, following a gambling spree. If you are looking for a twist to gambling, be sure to check out newcasino.org.uk, where you can gamble away in the privacy of your home and make sure you do not end up like OJ.