He posted this, notes the New York Post, nearly 25 years to the day that Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. The bit at the end here about him “getting even” is an obvious dark joke about those murders.
This is how he’s commemorating stabbing two people to death, it seems.
Some Twitter users are outraged but I see it as a logical development in the platform’s evolution. Twitter’s where you go to interact with celebrities and sociopaths. A celebrity sociopath will fit right in.
It’s scarcely an exaggeration, in fact, to say that O.J. is all that was missing from our social-media hellscape.
Coming Soon!!! pic.twitter.com/R1tXOuuLgO
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) June 15, 2019
That account launched yesterday. As I write this at 2:20 p.m. ET, it’s approaching 200,000 followers. This cretin will be an absolute Twitter mega-star if he starts posting regularly.
And once he is, a flame war with the extremely-online president of the United States is inevitable. The laws of the reality-TV universe we all now live in demand it.
The Post notes that O.J.’s account isn’t verified, which means there’s no authentication yet from Twitter HQ that he’s the one who’s behind it, and even suggests that the clip might be a “deepfake.” If it is, that’s way scarier than the real O.J. joining social media because that looks — and sounds — exactly like him. It is really him, surely, although my guess is that it may have been a pal who had the idea to set up the account and then goaded him into doing an impromptu video for the first post. That is, it may be O.J.’s hangers-on who will be posting from it going forward with occasional cameos from the man himself.
Incidentally, is there any sadder human being on Earth in 2019 than “O.J. hanger-on”?
There are already calls on Twitter to ban him, although I don’t know what the grounds would be. He was acquitted of murder and did his time on the Nevada charges he was convicted of years later. If the argument is that he should be banned on principle, because he’s a degenerate regardless of what a jury might think, I’m afraid you’re on the wrong platform. Twitter is full of people like that; the supreme leader of Iran has his own account (reportedly), for cripes sake. What’s the grounds for keeping Khamenei but banning O.J.? Khamenei’s murders are more “newsworthy”? O.J.’s body count isn’t high enough?
I’m not being snarky in saying that he belongs on Twitter. Social-media culture is garbage, an endless storm of rage and narcissism. Well, so is O.J. We deserve him.