O.J.: Made in America (2016), Dir. Ezra Edelman

O.J.: Made in America (2016), Dir. Ezra Edelman
I’m not black, I’m O.J.
— O.J. Simpson, O.J.: Made in America (2016)

Any piece of work that stretches over 7 hours is hard to examine but when it is so interlaced as O.J.: Made in America it is impossible to reach any type of conclusion.

As they say this is not a story about O.J., this is a story about O.J. and us. It is about how we have reacted to him throughout his successes and failures. How celebrity culture disrupts our ability to have perspective, to not get hypnotised by the spectacle that America at the time was not prepared for.

The Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman case the the beginning of the end of non-spectacle news journalism. We finally moved from Celebrity brand endorsement to celebrity spike in ratings. CNN was what everyone watched for 9 months and that is exactly what cable news needed to survive; numbers. From then on it has been numbers that drive what is placed in the top headlines all because we could not separate celebrity from a horrible murder case.

The structure of Made in America is smart, it lays out O.J.'s life with the background of the change in race relations. The unjust attention that that black people got from the LAPD while the white people were treated with respect; with a contrast of a black celebrity who did everything in his power to remove himself from the race argument—"I'm not black, I'm O.J.".

An intense watch within one day, but an informative one. It feels like it holds more truth now than it did back then...

★ ★ ★ ★ ★