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GQ — Simpson’s murder trial began in the fall of Kardashian’s freshman year at Marymount High, an all-girls Catholic school in Bel Air. She and her elder sister, Kourtney, once skipped class to sit in on a court session; the focus that day was the ins and outs of alarm codes and security systems. Her father, who died of esophageal cancer in 2003, was brought on to Simpson’s defense team at the behest of Simpson’s lawyer Robert Shapiro, even though his field was entertainment law and, at the time of O.J.’s arrest, Kardashian had not practiced for two decades; in the interim, Kardashian had launched a business called Movie Tunes, responsible for supplying theaters with the movie trivia and music that used to run on screens between films.
“I know people said at the time that he [joined Simpson’s defense team] so he couldn’t be called as a witness, because he had that Louis Vuitton bag that supposedly had the [murder] weapon and stuff like that,” said Kim. The day the victims’ bodies were discovered, Kardashian was filmed removing what The New York Times referred to as a “bulging” garment bag from Simpson’s house; the bag was later introduced into evidence empty. “But that bag was sitting at my dad’s house. I remember I went through it. The news was like, ‘Where is this Louis Vuitton bag?’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s upstairs.’ ”
Did you really go through it?
What was in it?
“Just toiletries and clothes and golf clothes. Just random stuff. I’m pretty sure it’s, like, still in—probably in my dad’s storage.”
How fucking crazy is it that the entire Kardashian experience… their whole dynasty… this new “First Family Of America”… it can all be traced back to O.J. Simpson. Their entire existence as a cultural force in America can be traced to the night. O.J. killed Nicole and Ron Goldman. Everything the Kardashians have built their brand on was what they learned from the murder, the Bronco chase, the trial, etc. and the marketability of controversy. They had a firsthand, intimate experience with everything about OJ’s case. It was, for all intents and purposes, an education in attracting attention. And Kris Kardashian used that to build this Kardashian Brand that we see today. Crazy stuff.
I said earlier that I’ll try to write something about O.J.: Made In America once I finish all five episodes. I don’t totally know how I’ll be able to capture all of it… all of the information… all of the revelations… all of the darkness. But at the very least, I think I can roll with this one idea: that O.J. Simpson is arguably the most important figure in American History.
I know… It sounds like a stretch…
But once you look into the effect his life–not just the trail, but his entire life–had on media coverage, live news reporting (and eventually social media), the role of black athletes in civil right’s discussions, the role of race in sports/movies/broadcasting/advertising, just race in America in general, policing in LA, policing throughout the country, domestic violence, modern marketing, the crossover from sports to celebrity, I mean I could go on and on… It’s hard to find someone who affected society as much as him. I don’t know if he actually is, but it’s at least worth exploring.
Oh and Kim is lying about all that stuff above. I don’t think I need to tell you that. Just figured I’d point that out.