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The internet brought its A-game for O.J.’s parole hearing

Unfortunately, 'O.J.' doesn't stand for 'original jokes.'


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 20, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 11:14 pm CDT

After nine years in prison for armed robbery, former football star and world’s most famous accused murderer O.J. Simpson was paroled today. Although it’s been two decades since his landmark murder trial, people still have very strong feelings about whether he should be a free man. And, unlike in 1995, now we have Twitter. The instant O.J. takes and jokes are flowing forth today, and the best thing to do is… just go with it.

A lot of Twitter’s O.J. jokes were about what the Juice might be planning to do when he’s released in October:





And some were about what he might be like as a personality now that he’s back in the public eye, especially given the rise of 24-hour cable, Donald Trump, and social media. Most people seemed to think: not good.




O.J. as a modern celebrity is especially worrying (or hilarious) to some due to his close connection to the Kardashian reality TV dynasty. O.J. was good friends with Robert Kardashian (father of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney), and there’s a persistent conspiracy theory that O.J. is Khloe’s real father.

No matter what O.J. decides to do, he’s perfectly built for the celebrity culture of 2017. Donald Trump is president and everything old is new again. Why not an O.J. revival?

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*First Published: Jul 20, 2017, 4:31 pm CDT