"OJ Simpson: Made in America" is exceptionally well done. Not that we needed reminding, but it paints a very damning picture of Simpson: He was a greedy narcissist with a terrible streak of entitlement. Footage from earlier in his career makes a pretty strong case he could've given a wet shit about black people, which makes his defense and subsequent acquittal all the more ironic.
I remembered the Rodney King riots, but the film also emphasizes how frayed relations between the LAPD and black Angelenos were. It also shows just how dead to rights the cops had Simpson for the murders; take Mark Fuhrman out of the equation and he's probably convicted. Two jurors, one an absolute ghetto-ass moron and the other who genuinely seemed to have some misgivings, also are interviewed. OJ was the worst possible poster child, but it makes it easy to see how the defense could get a jury to believe a setup was plausible.
It also does a very good job showing how unaware people are willing to be when in the presence of famous people (or making money off their relationship with them). Simpson was beating his wife for a while and some of hid friends knew it, but none -- including a cop who was called in to clean up the mess after he was arrested for domestic violence -- seemed to have any misgivings until after she was killed.
Speaking of killed, photos of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman's bodies are shown, most specifically their necks. Jesus Christ ...
ESPN is streaming in on demand now.
A few nuggets:
Fuhrman says the Rodney King beating would've never happened if the LAPD still was allowed to practice choke holds.
After giving himself up to police after the Bronco chase, OJ turned to a cop while bring driven away and asked what "all these n*****s are doing in Brentwood?"
One of Simpson's friends pretty much settles any setup possibility by pointing out the obvious: For Fuhrman (or anyone else) to set Simpson up, they'd have to know he had no alibi before they knew he had no alibi.
Whatever Marcia Clark is doing in retirement, it involves a healthy bit of plastic surgery.
My hand to God, she's gonna be at Carnegie Hall. But you - I'll let you have her now at the old price, OK? Which is, which is anything you wanna give me. Anything at all.