Return of the 90s?

By Azzurra M.

Without a doubt the 90s are back in style. Everywhere you look, girls are supporting 90s Fashion Trends whether that means mom jeans or black chokers. 90s music is also back in style with the theme or girl groups of powerhouse pop singers. However, as of lately, a famous 90s political case has also entered the 21st century, The OJ Simpson Trial.

If you are anything like me, and the American political system fascinates you, then the OJ Simpson Trial would be nothing new to you; the famous football player on trial for murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her supposed lover, Ron Goldman, who after a year worth of trials was acquitted as “not guilty”. This trial is being publicized again for a whole new generation, through the documentary drama series on Fox called “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson” with famous actors including John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. The 10 episode series re-enacts the 1994 murder trial, giving the audience an insight into the unseen details of the trial. While the last 10 years have been filled with documentaries on this case, nothing quite like this has ever been presented.

        But why should we care about the trial? To this day it is still unclear who killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. While OJ Simpson was acquitted, many still believe that he is the obvious killer.  The trial was commonly known as “The Trial of the Century” and is one of the most the most widely publicized events in American history, with nearly 100 million stopping their daily routine in order to hear the verdict of the trial. While the new documentary series did not reach nearly as many views, its average of 7 million views per episode and overall positive ratings highlight the world’s fascination with this case. Even though OJ Simpson is currently in prison for a Vegas burglary sentence, could the publicity of this trial bring new evidence of the case to light?

        Upon this OJ Simpson’s release in 2017, I’m sure that the obsession over this trial hasn’t finished. With OJ Simpson also being closely linked to the ever famous Kardashian Family (prosecutor and close friend Robert Kardashian worked closely on OJ’s defence trial), there is no doubt in my mind that the “celebrity” element will only add to millennium’s fascination. If it’s the obsession with the 90s, or just the bizarre nature of the case that allows more people to get interested in politics, it’s a win-win situation. We need the youth of the 21st centaury to be educated on global politics, and if they can be dressed in 90s fashion while they’re at it, even better!



One comment

  1. A thought provoking article on how generations change their interests. It will be interesting to experience this as being part of that generation, especially because of how its made evident by people writing articles like yours.


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