Mike Tyson Slams Hulu Series: ‘They Stole My Life Story’
Mike Tyson has once again expressed his disdain for the new Hulu biopic series about his life. The former professional heavyweight boxer doesn’t approve of “Mike,” to say the least, explaining that the streamer “stole” his life story.
Tyson voiced his grievances against Hulu and the series via his Instagram on Saturday, sharing two posts with strong words against the streamer.
The first post praises Dana White, President-in-Office of leading mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship. Tyson claims Hulu tried to pay White – and possibly UFC – to promote “Mike,” but White declined because he “honors friendship.” Tyson calls the series a “slave master takeover story” about his life.
“Hulu has been desperate to pay my brother Dana White millions without offering me a dollar to further their slave master takeover story of my life,” Tyson wrote. “He turned it down because he honors friendship and treats people with dignity. I’ll never forget what he did for me, just like I’ll never forget what Hulu stole from me.”
Shortly after, Tyson shared a second post criticizing Hulu: “Don’t let Hulu fool you. I don’t support her story about my life. It’s not 1822. It’s 2022. They stole my life story and didn’t pay me. For Hulu executives, I’m just a question to sell on the auction block.”
It’s not the first time Tyson has criticized the production. In February 2021, Tyson voiced his disapproval shortly after Hulu greenlit the series.
“This announcement, in the wake of social inequalities in our country, is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed has led to this unmusical cultural misappropriation of Tyson’s life story,” Tyson said in a statement at the time.
“Mike” stars Trevante Rhodes as Tyson, tracing the character’s life from adolescence through his high-profile run as a professional boxer to a series of scandals that unfolded after his retirement as an athlete.
I, Tonya writer Steven Rogers created Mike and executive produced. Karin Gist serves as showrunner and executive producer along with Claire Brown under their banner, The Gist of It. “Mike” hails from 20th-century television.
Hulu will premiere the first two episodes of the show’s eight-part season on August 25.
In the months after Hulu greenlit “Mike,” Mike Tyson signed on to executive produce a separate limited series about his life, which starred Jamie Foxx as a boxer. However, the production has not found a network, which has stalled development in recent months.
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