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Am I the Only One Weirded Out by Johnnie Cochran’s Dort Highway Billboards?

“Hey, is that Johnnie Cochran? Like ‘the glove don’t fit’ Johnnie Cochran? Does that say Flint? Wait, isn’t he dead?” These are all the thoughts that went through my head in the span of half a second as I drove by The Cochran Firm’s huge billboard today.

Maybe it’s just because I’m getting caught up on ‘The People v. O.J,’ but I did a double-take while passing not one, but two billboards featuring the picture of Johnnie Cochran today. The Cochran Firm Detroit has at least two giant billboards along Dort Highway — one near Dort and Bristol and another near Dort and Lapeer — aimed at victims of the Flint water crisis. The billboards read:

“We cared about Flint when no one else would”

I figured they would’ve went with a cool rhyme like:

“If your water has lead inside, Snyder better run and hide”

Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. was made famous by the O.J. Simpson trial, where he led a team of big-shot lawyers that eventually got the former football superstar off the hook for allegedly murdering his wife and her friend. Cochran’s flashy courtroom bravado made a lasting impression on American pop culture. Hell, they even had a dime store version of him on ‘Seinfeld’ named Jackie Childs. Cochran died from a brain tumor in 2005, but he is currently being portrayed — and quite well as you can see below — by Courtney B. Vance on FX’s hit show ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.’ The show is amazing, by the way.

I’m not going to lie — I was a little bit creeped out by the billboards after I remembered that Cochran died over a decade ago, but I’m not surprised that his law firm is trying to get in on that Flint water crisis money. There’s going to be hell to pay before this thing is said and done, and tons of ads for law firms are popping up all over town.

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