NFL Hall-of-famer O.J. Simpson is in the news again even though he’s been locked down for nearly four years now. Anyone who has been even remotely interested in popular culture in the past twenty years knows about his infamous 1995 murder trial and acquittal, as well as his subsequent imprisonment for a 2007 robbery conviction.
Now apparently his Miami mansion, which couldn’t keep the legend content enough to stay out of the jail, is heading into foreclosure — not really news, considering his incarceration — but leave it up to concerned citizens to find another way to capitalize off O.J.’s infamy.
Animal-rights group PETA wants to buy the home and turn it into a vegetarian, “Meat is Murder” museum.
According to PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, this is a great idea to teach people about murder and the torture of animals:
“Our museum will remind visitors that violence may not always be preventable but that it sometimes can be prevented and that non-violence begins on our plates. For instance, many wonderful flesh-and-blood individuals, who feel pain and fear as acutely as humans do and who value their lives in much the same way, are knifed to death every day for nothing more than a fleeting taste of flesh. In slaughterhouses, chickens and turkeys have their throats slit, and frightened pigs and cattle are hung up by one leg, skinned, and dismembered.”
Still don’t get why they are using O.J.’s mansion as the site for a museum? Well, it has to do with his troubled background, but not in the way you might think. Newkirk says that
“Simpson … was once a spokesperson for and a franchise owner of two chicken restaurants, and he held a 50 percent ownership in eight HoneyBaked Ham stores.”
Really?! Talk about trying to come up by any means necessary. Newkirk has asked JP Morgan Chase (the bank that owns the property) to donate the mansion to PETA, or at least consider selling it for a “nominal sum.”
Simpson purchased the 4-bed, 4-bath home for $575,000 in 2000.
Sound-Off: Has PETA lost its mind or is this move ingenious?