Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Censure or Censor?
Does NewsCorp’s cancellation of the ill-conceived O.J. Simpson what-if tell-all project amount to censorship?
Don’t misunderstand what I am suggesting:
I think the idea of O.J.Simpson writing, producing, and profiting from telling his side of the story of the murder of his wife (wasn’t that what the trial was supposed to have established??) is one of the most reprehensible, repugnant ideas to come down the pike.
The very idea is worthy of being buried…but was it the publisher’s place to do that?
Should not the book-buying public have had the ultimate decision on whether or not Simpson’s make-believe-version should survive?
Realistically, that may have been the very thing that killed the project, no pun intended. Most likely, NewsCorp saw the handwriting on the wall, and axed (again, sorry) the project before they lost their shirts on the deal. No fault for avoiding a failure.
But points off for the flawed thinking that even considered the idea would have had any merit.