20 September 2007

What...is the fascination with...

Actually, I think the fascination is feigned.

The latest OJ circus is not deja vu all over again, it's disingenous. Everyone's desperate to recreate the magic of those halycon cable news days of 1994-1995. The aerial shots of OJ's caravan leaving Las Vegas had a "fingers crossed" feel to them, like maybe a Bronco chase will break out. Breaking news banners wail the most mundane headlines: "OJ expected to arrive at courthouse any second" "OJ expected to exit courthouse at any moment" "OJ stops to tie his ugly-ass shoe...wait a second, are those Bruno Maglis?" That nut with the "I Love Famous People" hat at the press conference yesterday was the perfect (and hilarious) personification of the whole charade. In 1994-1995, those freaks and leprechuans outside the courthouse were for real. Today, they're just there to capitalize on their YouTube opportunity. OJ stepped in it again, let's make like 1995 and dress up like Barney Rubble. Let's put a giant Jell-o mold in a sling shot and launch it at the courthouse and not wear pants.
Then there are others who want to see this incident as the finale in some tragic epic. A woman on the radio this morning took it so far as to say she believes OJ wanted to get caught because even he can't live with himself, the guilt over what he did, and unconsciously wants to go to jail. That's insane. That would mean he has some semblance of a soul, some wee shred of humanity. But he doesn't. He's a sociopath and a narcissist. He can’t help himself, he craves the spotlight -- even in infamy (Think: "If I did it" quasi-confession) So, there will be another trial, and like 1995, he will get off and not spend a day in jail. However, this time around -- much to OJ's dismay, I'm sure -- the surrounding circus has very little to do with him.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The victim in this was quoted yesterday as saying that when it was going on, he couldn't help but think how stupid O.J. was. He wasn't frightened! It seemed absurd what O.J. was doing. A little self-sabotaging, I'd say.
It's like the married man who carries on an affair for years and after it ends, without being discovered, "accidentally" brings home lipstick on the collar from a half-hearted one-night stand (Main character from Richard Ford's "The Sportswriter" does exactly that). A subconscious act of pennance.

sb said...

That guy with the I Love Famous People hat is a lunatic! He's so crazy, there's a chance he's an actor, present in an effort to get noticed, for whatever reason. But if he's really just crazy, I'm afraid for his neighbors.

BAGS said...

The quote of the conference, "Up high, don't leave me hanging." from the nutjob who looks like he is from the Goonies movie. Classic

KJ said...

That's a great comparison. Do you really think OJ is subconsciously trying to get caught? He seems incapable of remorse on all levels. That's wild, if so.

I saw the victim's interview too..he also defended OJ, saying he hoped he got a fair trial. Under the spell of a classic narcissist, perhaps?

BG-That lunatic with the hat was a professional prankster. He's also the guy that screamed "NOOOOOO!" outside of the courthouse when they announced Paris was going to back to the slammer. I'm hoping someone like that shows up in the stands of the Renegades tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Subconsciously, he wants justice. Definitely.

Bean Down Under said...

Ahhhhhh... good old OJ! I am betting that his money is running out and he was or is hoping to be able to land a book deal off of this act since he isn't allowed by law to make any money off of the double murder he committed. I mean that he was acquited of.

KJ said...

"Subconsciously he wants justice" - WOW. That is truly mindblowing.

Anonymous said...

What is the fascination, if it's true, what is the fascination with JD Drew?