Will white America ever get over O.J. Simpson?: His Book, TV Special Canceled

By Sam Johns

Once O. J. Simpson was considered the “Golden Boy” to the white community in this country; a Black American whites can hold up as a Black success story — a so called trophy Nigger. But, after he killed those two white people, one the mother of his two chirden, he has become the scorn of white America. They hate OJ more than they hated Nat Turner! However, O. J. Simpson’s legacy, if he has one, is that he took the racist criminal justice in America and got away with the murder of two innocent white people.

A television and book project with Simpson describing how he would have killed his ex-wife was too much for whites, and any fascination with return to public life was overcome by revulsion and disbelief. But we must remember the only thing OJ did was to take this racist criminal justice system in this country, that oppresses Black men, and used it against whites.

And to this day, no white man has ever been convicted for murdering a Black man in the South because of the unfairness of the "All White Jury." For example, for a Nigger to have to go before an "All White Jury" in the South for a felony or other high crimes, is like going to God and asking forgiveness for a sin you didn't do.

Far too long the “All White Jury” supplanted justice for Blacks in the South and other parts of America. So, that’s why when OJ got off for murder, Blacks cheered because it was poetic justice for him to get off after so many Blacks in this country are in jail for nothing! You feel me?

Now, whites want to get back at OJ ‘cause he wants to make some money from his life story. Even Rupert Murdoch, a media king with a famous taste for scandal, couldn't stand it anymore. On Monday, he canceled the whole thing, less than a week after it was announced.

"I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns both Fox Broadcasting and publisher HarperCollins. "We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."

"If I Did It" had been scheduled to air as a two-part interview Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 on Fox, with the book to follow on Nov. 30. HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum said some copies had already been shipped to stores but would be recalled, and all copies would be destroyed. Should any turn up, they will become instant collectors' items.

After an appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live," Fred Goldman, Ron's father, expressed appreciation to anyone who opposed the book and interview.

"We want to say thank you, thank you for everyone in this country who raised their voice and stood up for the right thing," Goldman said.

In addition, Simpson's attorney, Yale Galanter, told The Associated Press: "We had known for three or four days that this was a possibility."

Even Mrudoch has never been known for his exquisite taste even though sensation has long been the News Corp. game. But any hopes of commercial reward were quickly overwhelmed by near universal anger, from those who knew Goldman and Brown, from booksellers and advertisers, even from Fox News Channel personality Bill O'Reilly.

A dozen Fox network affiliates had already said they would not air the two-part sweeps month special, and numerous stores had either declined to sell the book or had promised to donate any profits to charity, the deal was dead.

"I really don't think there would have been very many advertisers who would have been willing to participate in this show," said Brad Adgate of the ad buying firm Horizon Media.

With little advertising, Fox would miss the chance to profit from the show. If there were no advertisers, the show wouldn't even be rated by Nielsen Media Research, so the number of people watching would have done nothing to help Fox's season average, he said.

The cancellation was a stunning rebuke to ReganBooks, a high-profile imprint of HarperCollins, and Judith Regan, who had labeled the book and interview Simpson's "confession." She insisted that she had done it not for money, but as a victim of domestic violence anxious to face down a man she believed got away, literally, with murder.

ReganBooks is known for gossipy best-sellers such as Jose Canseco's "Juiced" and Jenna Jameson's "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star." Regan, one of publishing's most driven and forceful personalities, did not immediately respond to requests for an interview.

According to Fox they have long tested viewers with risky reality programming dating back to "When Animals Attack." O'Reilly had urged a boycott of any company that advertised on the special.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murder in a case that became its own TV drama. The former football star, announcer and actor was later found liable for the deaths in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the Goldman family.

The TV special was to air on two of the final three nights of the November sweeps, when ratings are watched closely to set local advertising rates. It has been a particularly tough fall for Fox, which has seen none of its new shows catch on and is waiting for the January appearances of "American Idol" and "24."

The closest precedent for such an about-face came when CBS yanked a miniseries about Ronald Reagan from its schedule in 2003 when complaints were raised about its accuracy. It was seen on CBS' sister premium-cable channel, Showtime, instead.

One of Fox affiliate station manager said he wasn't going to air the special because he was concerned that, whether or not Simpson was guilty, he'd still be profiting from murders.

"I have my own moral compass and this was easy," said Bill Lamb, general manager of WDRB in Louisville.

Numerous books have been withdrawn over the years because of possible plagiarism, most recently Kaavya Viswanathan's "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," but removal simply for objectionable content is exceptionally rare. In the early 1990s, Simon & Schuster canceled Bret Easton Ellis'

"American Pyscho," a graphic account of a serial killer. The novel was released by Random House Inc., and later made into a feature film, an improbable fate for Simpson's book.

Sales for "If I Did It," had been strong, but not sensational. It cracked the top 20 of Amazon.com last weekend, but by Monday afternoon, at the time its cancellation was announced, the book had fallen to No. 51.

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