Much has been made of the portrayal of the Kardashian family in the miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and reactions range from the fact that it's important to have them on as they're the modern-day emblem of a 24-hour news cycle and a sensationalized American family in the media (which seemed to begin with the O.J. Simpson trial), to the writers' attempts to capitalize on a famous name when the family really didn't have much to do with the case itself. Many have also questioned the accuracy of the miniseries and the role of the Kardashian family in the trial's backstory. On Tuesday, Khloé Kardashian appeared on James Corden's Late Late Show and set the record straight about some of the show's inaccuracies.
Khloé admitted that she hasn't seen the entire series, saying,
I’ve seen bits and pieces of the miniseries, I know it’s a phenomenal miniseries. I really appreciate the way they portray my father. I haven’t watched it fully. Kimberly has, and she raves about it and loves it. But not all the facts are accurate.
For example, a scene in the first episode where Simpson contemplates suicide in Kim Kardashian's room apparently actually happened in Khloé's room, according to Khloé.
She added that another scene of the Kardashian children chanting "Kardashian!" while watching their father on TV never actually happened. "I even called Kim, because I was 10, so I said 'Did that happen? I don't remember any of this happening?' And she was like, 'Absolutely not did that happen.'"
Khloé also mused that the show is "sensationalizing the Kardashian name" to "bring a younger audience in."
In reflecting on the aftermath of the trial, she remembers watching it live on TV in school, and explained to Corden,
People were really cruel during that time. They used to key "guilty" on my dad's car when we were at church out of church. It was horrible. They were incredibly mean and cruel. So watching the miniseries, I lived one version of it. I more feel bad for the children ... because they’re finally probably getting a little normalcy in their life.
Though much time has passed (and certainly the Kardashians have amassed much more fame since those days) it seems as if the show certainly is trying to create a cultural connection between the Kardashian patriarch and his role in the trial and the family we know today. Of course, it would be remiss to deny a link between the two, and it's important to keep in mind that the show is taking creative license to certain "real" events.