A Racially Charged Social Media Post From Mike Tyson Accuses Hulu Of Stealing His Life Story And Avoiding Paying Him

A Racially Charged Social Media Post From Mike Tyson Accuses Hulu Of Stealing His Life Story And Avoiding Paying Him

Mike Tyson’s life will be dramatized in the aptly titled Hulu series “Mike” later this month that will chronicle the life of the boxer.

“Mike,” which is set to premiere later this month (streaming on Disney+ in Canada), stars Trevante Rhodes as the former heavyweight champion, Harvey Keitel as his trainer/mentor Cus D’Amato, and Russell Hornsby as the flamboyant boxing promoter Don King.

It’s clear there is a lot of anticipation surrounding the upcoming series, but the man whose life inspired the character “Mike” isn’t happy about the show, and he made it crystal clear to the world in an Instagram post he posted on Saturday, Aug. 6.

I don’t want you to be fooled by Hulu,” Tyson wrote in his letter. As far as their story about my life is concerned, I do not support it. It’s not 1822 anymore. The year is 2022. I was robbed of my life and I wasn’t paid for it.”

Adding further meaning to the slavery analogy, he went on to say, “To Hulu executives, I am just another no-good-no-good they can sell on the auction block if they want to.”.

A Racially Charged Social Media Post From Mike Tyson Accuses Hulu Of Stealing His Life Story And Avoiding Paying Him

The eight-episode limited series explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career as well as his personal life – from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again over the course of the series.

Taking a closer look at Mike Tyson’s life, the series examines class in the United States, race in the United States, fame and the power of the media, misogyny, the wealth divide, the promise of the American Dream as well as our own role in shaping Mike’s story,” reads the show’s synopsis on Hulu.

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In my opinion, ‘Mike’ is an unauthorized and no-holds-barred look at the life of Mike Tyson – and it is one wild ride indeed.”

Mike Tyson has made no secret of his disapproval of him.

Despite being unfortunate, Hulu’s announcement to make an unauthorized miniseries about my life isn’t surprising,” Tyson told The Hollywood Reporter back in February 2021.

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The announcement comes amid social disparities in our country, which illustrates how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of his story. He added that the announcement occurred “during Black History Month,” which “just confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respect for Black stories.”

“Mike” debuts on Aug. 25.