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O.J. Simpson gets dragged over coronavirus tweet

He’s stocking up on supplies—except for gloves.


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Published Mar 6, 2020   Updated May 19, 2021, 3:40 pm CDT

Coronavirus fever! Have you caught it yet? (Too soon??) Well, it seems as if O.J. Simpson has come down with it—the fever, not the virus, unfortunately—as evidenced by a photo the former NFL runningback posted to his recently established Twitter account.

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In the photo, Simpson is seen outside of a Costco Wholesale store wearing a surgical mask and toting a palette containing several cases of bottled water, two 30-packs of Charmin toilet paper, and paper towels. Also, a bunch of paper cups, for some reason?

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“Coronavirus? Who’s afraid?” tweeted The Juice. Not him!

Now, in case anyone needs a memory refreshing—perhaps having slept on the O.J.: Made in America documentary and FX miniseries The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, both of which came out in 2016—Simpson is notorious for his acquittal of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Not to mention, all of the grossness (If I did It, Juiced, subsequent arrests, prison stints, etc., etc., etc.) that has since transpired.

In other words, most people aren’t terribly concerned about O.J. Simpson, of all people, contracting coronavirus. In fact, there may even be a few who would welcome such a development!

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As such, the online response to Simpson’s tweet was all too predictable—as many users brought murder jokes as well as grim reminders of the past. Two people, including the mother of his children, were brutally murdered, after all.

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Given that the virus has only claimed one victim so far in the state of California, many had variations of the same joke. “Statistically, I may have a better chance of being killed by you than the virus,” savagely tweeted H3 Podcast host Ethan Klein.


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One person even edited a knife into Simpson’s purchases:

And of course, there were plenty of glove jokes:

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Meanwhile, at least one person questioned why, exactly, O.J. Simpson needs so much toilet paper?

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To be fair, the guy spent nearly a decade in prison. Maybe he knows something about the barter system that the rest of us don’t? Wipe ’em if you got ’em!


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*First Published: Mar 6, 2020, 12:30 pm CST