Boris Johnson says 'I feel like O.J. Simpson' after struggling to put on a pair of tight gloves

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Boris Johnson says 'I feel like O.J. Simpson' after struggling to put on a pair of tight gloves
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with health worker Wendy Warren during his visit at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre at Cwmbran Stadium in Cwmbran, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2021.Geoff Caddick/Pool via REUTERS
  • Boris Johnson said 'I feel like OJ Simpson' as he struggled to put on a pair of tight gloves at a COVID testing centre.
  • The PM's joke appeared to reference the infamous pair of gloves which O.J. Simpson struggled to put on during his murder trial.
  • He was visiting a coronavirus vaccination centre in Cwmbran, South Wales, on Wednesday.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday joked that "I feel like OJ Simpson" after struggling to put on a pair of tight gloves while visiting a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The prime minister, who has a track record of making controversial remarks, made the comment after struggling for several seconds to put on a pair of tight-fitting rubber gloves.

He was visiting a coronavirus vaccination centre in Cwmbran, South Wales, on Wednesday to see the progress of the vaccine rollout.

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The prime minister's joke appeared to reference the infamous pair of gloves which formed a central part of O. J. Simpson's murder trial.

Simpson, who was accused of murdering two people including his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson, struggled to don a pair of blood-stained gloves found at the crime scene which the prosecution said belonged to him.

The incident led to Simpson's attorney Johnnie Cochran making his now famous remark: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

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Johnson has a long history of making inflammatory and controversial remarks. As foreign secretary, he said Muslim woman wearing burkas looked like "letter boxes," recited a colonial-era poem in a Myanmar temple, and angered worshippers in a Sikh temple by talking about alcohol, which some Sikh teachings consider to be forbidden.

In 2016, he won a prize for writing a poem about Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan having sex with a goat in the Spectator magazine, which he previously edited. In the same year he was criticised for describing Africa as a country.

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