Mike Tyson came after Hulu after the streaming service promoted Mike, a TV series about the heavyweight champion, without his consent. The show stars Trevante Rhodes in the title role and releases on August 25th. The former professional boxer claimed that the streaming service “stole his life story,” stating that he was not involved or paid for the project that is entirely about him. He also opposed the series back in February 2021 when it was announced. He called it “tone-deaf cultural misappropriation” in an Instagram post, which was later deleted. The former boxer is currently working on a project that will narrate his life with executive producer Jamie Foxx and director Antoine Fuqua.
Mike Tyson bashed Hulu in his Instagram post
Mike Tyson posted a picture on Instagram accusing Hulu of “stealing his life story” and called them the streaming version of the slave master. The post read,
“Don’t let Hulu fool you. I don’t support their story about my life. It’s not 1822. It’s 2022. They stole my life story and didn’t pay me. To Hulu executives I’m just a n****r they can sell on the auction block.”
The post was captioned, “Hulu is the streaming version of the slave master. They stole my story and didn’t pay me.” Clearly, he was not happy with the streaming service using his name for a show without his consent.
The former boxer shared his thoughts on Twitter as well
On the same day, Mike Tyson also tweeted multiple tweets sharing his thoughts on the upcoming TV show. One read, “Hulu stole my story. They’re Goliath and I’m David. Heads will roll for this.” While another read, “Hulu’s model of stealing life rights of celebrities is egregiously greedy.”
He also revealed that Hulu approached UFC president Dana White to promote the show. However, he turned it down because he honors friendship and treating people with dignity.
The showrunners said they had no intention of portraying Mike Tyson as either a hero or villain
Earlier this month, the executive producer of the show Steven Rogers, who has also worked on I, Tonya, and showrunner Karin Gist, said they want to portray an unbiased story and revealed that they had no intention of portraying Mike Tyson as either a hero or villain. Karin Gist explained,
“We just wanted to tell an unbiased story and have the audience decide what they think or feel. Challenging what people think they know about Mike and hoping that they come away from the series with something else to think about.”
The former American professional boxer is currently working on a project that will narrate his life with executive producer Jamie Foxx and director Antoine Fuqua.
Mike is all set to release on Hulu on 25th August 2022.
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