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Saturday, October 04, 2008

O.J. Hits the Showers...

O.J. Guilty?

Say it not so! Well, well, it seems justice delayed is not justice denied. Let's hope someone is sharpening his shiv at this very moment. The Juice might spend the rest of his life in prison. Christmas just came a little early this year...

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My position? He was guilty as hell. He murdered his wife. And didn't do it alone, either. And if you think back over it, you'll know just who helped him. My knowledge is heresay, so I can't do anything about it, but I'd bet anything the cops knew, but figured that if they couldn't convince a jury O.J. was guilty, trying to nail his confederate would be pointless. Whom might it have been? Gee, I can't say...

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And by the way, on a completely unrelated matter, have I mentioned that 'In the Night of the Heat" is about a disgraced sports celebrity and movie star accused of murdering his wife? No connection, of course, but if I DID have inside information, a mystery novel would certainly be the place I'd plant it.

Ahem.

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"Ah be done seen about everything, when I seen an elephant fly..."

Bought Dumbo for Jason (above Tananarive's very mild protests) and he loves it. I remember doing my "Disney didn't have a single black person in an animated film in the 20th Century" riff, and someone suggested that the Crows should count. Sigh. Now, I don't blame Disney for what they did, I just like to point out that, if it is true that "every President until about 1960 was a racist the way we measure racism today" that that was the context of the entire country. And if I believe that America is a WONDERFUL country (which I do) then I'm really talking about human nature here, not pointing fingers. But there are a few brown-skinned people in the "Happy Roustabout" sequence...but we only see them from the back, so it's impossible to say what we're looking at. Considering that there are PLENTY of human faces shown in Dumbo (at least 100) it would be odd indeed if someone at Disney decided to show black skin, but not black faces. I'm afraid I'd find that even more offensive, and will stand on my "we ain't there" position. That said, Dumbo is great stuff, a classic that earns its reputation. Disney was on FIRE in those days.

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Took Nicki to see "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" yesterday, a romantic flick detailing 24 hours in the lives of (High School? Twenty-Something? I wasn't sure) kids in New York. Very cute...but I couldn't help but think that the male lead wasn't quite good-looking enough for the story. The way people reacted to him just felt more like he should have been perhaps shy but drop-dead gorgeous. Just my thought. A "B". Overall, I enjoyed it, but there was a...

WARNING: MILD CHINK ALERT

For a single non-white male character. Asian. And very gay. Thanks, America, glad for the reminder.

18 comments:

Steve Perry said...

Adios, O.J. Nice to see karma work out in this incarnation.

Kukulkan said...

I just find it odd that Sin City will be the one putting OJ behind bars, instead of the City of Angels.

mjholt said...

The synchronisity of OJ's conviction would deep six a novel.

The AP's Linda Deutsch wrote October 4, 2008:
He was convicted of an armed robbery that happened on Sept. 13 and was found guilty on the 13th anniversary of his Los Angeles murder acquittal. The Las Vegas jury deliberated for 13 hours after a 13-day trial.

Christian M. Howell said...

Well I agree that OJ was guilty of nearly removing Nicole's head, but according to the layout of the area I don't think it possible to have had an accomplice.

As far as Dumbo and racism in cinema, I think there are greater issues to be concerned about.

Steve Perry said...

Excellent job on In the Night of the Heat.

Mike Ralls said...

>if I DID have inside information, a mystery novel would certainly be the place I'd plant it.

Ahem.<

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Oh! So the real killer was OJ's Mom!

Sean said...

Looking for the killer of the mother of his children wasn't working out on golf courses around the country.

I guess this is a good thing. He can now search for her killer inside prison... which is full of them.

I always thought his accomplice helped after the fact (hiding evidence)...

mjholt said...

I was reading about McCain tonight, and I realized that he is angry and self-centered just as OJ is.

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