Someone said to me this week that they didn’t know how I could state my opinions on blogs. That gave me pause, I really thought about it. At first, I was very careful on blogs. To some extent I still am. But you know what? Some things in the world really matter, they are so important that we had better be willing to take a stand. So that’s why I do it—because I really care. The older I get, the less afraid I am of being wrong. So if I take a stand, then I get feedback that makes me think and re-evaluate my stand, isn’t that a good thing? Shouldn’t we always be thinking, shifting and adjusting our world view as we grown and change? So stating my opinions on blogs is sort of an interactive thinking process for me. Feel free to disagree! Now for the blog:
I watched the Goldman’s on Oprah explaining their reasons for publishing the book, IF I DID IT. I’m sure you are all familiar with the infamous book where OJ told a ghost writer how he might have killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
I don’t agree with the Goldman’s decision. They have the right to publish the book and I have the right to strongly disagree. I believe that book is pure blood money. It’s the worst kind of titillation, “Look how I killed my slut of an ex-wife and that idiot who tried to help her.”
It was horrible when OJ tried to profit off on that book. It made me sick and furious. But it didn’t surprise me, I expected that kind of animalistic behavior from OJ.
I expected better from the Goldman’s. Am I holding them to a higher standard? You bet I am. They have claimed the high road, and taken every media opportunity to state they wanted justice for Ron’s murder. We all felt their grief and outrage. The Goldman’s made a stand against a murderer. I respected that. And when word of this book surfaced, they made a stand against the book. They called it disgusting and other accurate adjectives. People agreed so strongly that the publisher pulled the book.
We all felt a little better about our world on that day, didn’t way?
I’m disappointed that the Goldman’s didn’t hold the line. Instead they chose to make money off this book. They have blurred the lines between themselves and a killer. I realize they have a judgement against OJ, and I know they are angry at having been outmaneuvered by him and his lawyers.
But here’s the cold truth: Being a person of character means that we have to make the hard choices.
Some people have said they are going to buy the book to help pay the Goldmans’ judgment, but burn the book instead of reading it. Do you know this book (as of Sunday, September 16, 2007) is Number 1 on Amazon? Do people really think they are punishing OJ? How? By helping pay off the money he owes the Goldmans? So that he will then be free to keep any money he earns? Or by giving him all this attention again? The man thrives off attention—he doesn’t care if it’s negative or he would never have agreed to be part of the book. All he cares about is that people keep looking at him. And while everyone is looking at him, he’s also convinced he’s getting his “story” out there, his “reason” for what he did. According to the Oprah show, OJ trashed Nicole in the book, pretty much explaining why he had to kill her. So the Goldman’s published a book that trashes the murder victim. And to this very day, OJ has demonstrated no remorse or accepted responsibility for his actions. This book just brings him more attention for all the wrong reasons.
I think publishing this book isn’t justice, but blood money. What do you think?
Tomorrow, Murder She Writes is pleased to welcome Cele as our special guest blogger! Natalie will be back in a few weeks.