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Perspective: Othello, O.J. & Britney

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After Shakespeare's Othello had murdered his wife, he said, "I have loved not wisely but too well."

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When OJ Simpson was asked if he had murdered his own wife, he said, "No. I loved her." Yet Othello and OJ also wanted to control their wives.

Sometimes love and control are vexed enemies. Not always. I have family heirlooms that don't mind being controlled: locked in drawers. My cat seems happy to be kept. But when it comes to human beings over the age of 13 the old love-control controversy emerges.

The pop singer Britney Spears has asked the court to release her from a strict conservancy controlled by her father. When asked if it should be lifted, he said, "No. You see, I love my daughter very much."

I’m Tom McBride, and that’s my Perspective.