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Last Night’s ‘American Crime Story’ Gave Us One Of The Best Awkward White Guy/Black Guy Handshakes Ever

If you haven’t been watching or reading the internet, ‘American Crime Story’ is currently airing Tuesday nights on FX and is focusing on the OJ Simpson murder trial. It’s fascinating TV, and it’s probably the weirdest show I’ve ever watched from an acting standpoint. On one hand, you have John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. just being absolutely insane. It’s not even ‘bad’ per say, it’s just hysterical. Cuba Gooding Jr. is over-acting his ass of and can’t go 10 seconds without screaming, yelling or referencing football. David Schwimmer started off strong but he’s now just a sad puppy dog. That leaves us with John Travolta. Sweet baby Jesus is John Travolta amazing in this. When I say amazing, I say it in the sense where it seems like not only does he not follow his lines, but he seems like a character in a completely different show. It’s wonderful. On the other hand, Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson are putting on acting classes every week and it’s a lot of fun to watch.

Last night’s episode focused on the part of the trial where the prosecution had OJ try on the gloves found at the crime scene. In hindsight, that was obviously a terrible move because the gloves didn’t fit, but while it hurt the prosecution, it invigorated the defense. That invigoration led to a ‘handshake’ between John Travolta’s Robert Shapiro and Courtney B. Vance’s Johnny Cochrane, and it was one of the most awkwardly wonderful handshakes ever:

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LOOK AT THAT! LOOK AT THAT HANDSHAKE! John Travolta uses his left hand to turn the handshaking hand over so he can initiate a double low five. It’s amazing. Any time someone goes to shake my hand from now I’m doing this, whether it’s a friend or a really important job interview. John Travolta just refuses to stop leaving his mark on pop culture.



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