The Good, The Bad
News Corp sees the light:
O.J. Simpson's book and TV special were canceled Monday, an astonishing end to an imaginary confession that had sickened the public as the very worst kind of tabloid sensation.The Bad:
"I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. (NWS) owns both Fox Broadcasting and publisher HarperCollins. "We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."
"If I Did It," in which Simpson was to have described how he would have killed his ex-wife, had been scheduled to air as a two-part interview Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 on Fox. The book was to have followed on Nov. 30.
HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum said some copies had already been shipped to stores but would be recalled, and all copies would be destroyed.
"I think News Corp. finally stepped up, admitted they made a mistake and did the right thing," said Jonathan Polak, the lawyer for Fred Goldman, Ron's father. "This is everything we have been asking News Corp. to do for the past two weeks. We want to thank the American people for helping make this happen."
Michael Richards swallows the darkness--and lets his inner klansman scream!
Michael Richards exploded in anger as he performed at a famous L.A. comedy club last Friday, hurling racial epithets that left the crowd gasping, and TMZ has obtained exclusive video of the ugly incident.Enough of that...this is a family blog, after all. So follow the link with care!
Richards, who played the wacky Cosmo Kramer on the hit TV show "Seinfeld," appeared onstage at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood. Kyle Doss, an African-American, told TMZ he and some friends were in the cheap seats and he was playfully heckling Richards when suddenly, the comedian lost it.
The camera started rolling just as Richards began his attack, screaming at one of the men, "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your (bleep!)"
God is love. OJ Simpson and Michael Richards' stunts aren't. America's outcry is our tough-love response to both of them.
Every now and then our enshadowed society feels a pang of conscience. Right before gorging on the next decadent new thing.
Wonder if Mr. Richards will remain in the celebrity doghouse as long as Mel Gibson?
Not holding my breath, now. After all, he didn't direct a $600 million-earning film that honored Christ. He only made Jim Crow the fashion of the mili-second.
Time will tell.