Why the Kardashian Kids are an Essential Part of ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

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Why the Kardashian kids are an essential part of The People v. O.J. Simpson

American Crime Story viewers appear unanimous in their distaste for the inclusion of a teenage Kim Kardashian and her siblings, with one calling them the “Jar Jar Binks” of the FX anthology series and others accusing producers of shoehorning them in to boost ratings. But as Joe McGovern points out, “That’s an absurd accusation, made mainly by people who never heard the name Kardashian before 2007 and for that reason feel like the show is twisting itself into knots in order to include the family. When, in fact, they are a peripheral — but ineradicable — crumb of the O.J. cake.” In fact, he says, producers are using the Kardashians to make a satirical point about fame and celebrity. PLUS: Producers say there are only 4 or 5 scenes with the Kardashian kids out of 400 scenes, pointing out that the Kardashians are emblematic of this early reality TV period, and Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister slams David Schwimmer for not contacting the victim’s family.

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