If you’re not watching American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson I have one question for you. What the hell is wrong with you?! American Crime Story is the best show of 2016 so far, depicting all the real life drama of the trial of the century. Now considering I was only three when OJ Simpson allegedly murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, I have no recollection of the huge media frenzy surrounding the trial. I seriously wish I was old enough to remember though. I can’t imagine anything as insane as that Bronco chase happening again. With all the real life drama, it’s like the whole murder trial was made for television.
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the geniuses behind Glee and American Horror Story, are responsible for bringing the OJ Simpson story to the small screen. And while the show features an all star cast including Cuba Gooding Jr as OJ Simpson, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, John Travolta as Shapiro, and the amazing Connie Britton as the morally corrupt Faye Resnick (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans will remember Faye as housewife Kyle Richards good friend and shit disturber), the real stars of the show are the Kardashians.
Now every good Kardashian fan knows that the OJ Simpson murder trial played an important part in skyrocketing the Kardashian’s fame. Robert Kardashian Sr, (Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Rob’s father) was a good friend of OJ Simpson and was even a lawyer on his dream team. David Schwimmer plays the Kardashian patriarch on screen. Kris Jenner was also very good friends with Nicole Brown Simpson and Robert’s loyalty to OJ Simpson but a strain on his relationship with his first wife, which is featured on the show. Now Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck, being the pop culture enthusiasts that they are, knew they couldn’t create a show about OJ Simpson without including the Kardashians. Younger versions of the Kardashian kids are featured on the show, and they completely steal every scene.
In the first three episodes you see the Kardashians for about five minutes but they’re so worth it. In the first episode you don’t get a good look at the Kardashian kids but you see a younger and still fabulous Kris Jenner, played by Selma Blair, scold her kids at Nicole Brown Simpson’s funeral.
While the exactness of accounts featured is debatable, the show goes to great lengths to make it at least look accurate. The bob hairdo and white trimmed blazer is on point. Compare the television version of young Kim Kardashian West to the real life one.
But the greatest moment in the premiere episode, was when OJ Simpson trying to kill himself in Kim Kardashian West’s childhood bedroom. While the entire scene is supposed to be dramatic, the only thing worth noting is the Tiger Beat posters on Kim’s walls. Now while the legitimacy of this scene is questionable, we can only imagine thirteen year-old Kim with JTT posters on her wall.
The second episode also features the Kardashian kids as they sit watching they father on tv yelling at the reporters who question how to spell Kardashian. Imagine a time where people don’t know how to spell Kardashian? What a crazy time.
But it’s the third and latest episode that gives the Kardashian actors an actual dialogue. The scene takes place over Father’s Day brunch where the Kardashian kids get their first taste of fame. To their dismay Robert Kardashian lectures the kids on the importance of a good heart rather than being famous. The lecture can only be taken as an ironic joke considering the future paths for the kids.
Everyone seems to have an opinion of the inclusion of the Kardashians on the show. While some may argue it’s a way for the producers to jokingly mock the famous family, the fact is you couldn’t depict the OJ Simpson trial without showcasing the Kardashians. True their role in the trial was small, but the Kardashian kids are used as a way to mend the gap between the past and the present.
In the 90s OJ Simpson was one of the most famous people in the world. Today, whether you like it or not, the Kardashians’ reign supreme as Hollywood royalty. While some people who were alive for the actual murder trial may remember the media circus, the majority of millennials were too young to even know who OJ Simpson was. Not going to lie, my main knowledge of OJ Simpson was that he was a famous football player who was charged with murder. It wasn’t until I watched Keeping Up With The Kardashians and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills that I truly began to research the murder trial. The Kardashians are used as a way to draw a younger audience, who probably never even knew who OJ Simpson was. The producers sprinkle the Kardashian kids throughout the series as a sort of wink to audiences.
Whether you believe the scripted-television Kardashian-counterparts are used as a ratings ploy or as a way to mock the actual Kardashians you can’t deny they are the real stars of American Crime Story. The likeness alone makes the entire series worth it. Talk about perfect casting.
American Crime Story airs Tuesday nights at 10 pm on FX.