Mike Tyson is doubling down on his objection against Hulu’s “Mike” — the upcoming miniseries on his life.
Mike Tyson Speaks Out
The boxing champ took to Instagram to voice his thoughts on the biopic. Visibly heated, Tyson compared the streaming service to a “slave master.”
“Don’t let Hulu fool you. I don’t support their story about my life,” he declared via his Instagram post’s caption. “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.”
In February 2021, Tyson previously confirmed that Hulu never received a green light nor a co-sign from him. However, the company went on to continue with the project.
“Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story without compensation, although unfortunate, isn’t surprising,” the boxer said in a now-deleted post, according to Deadline. “This announcement on the heels of social disparities in our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of the Tyson life story. To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respect for black story rights. Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to black experiences especially after all that has transpired in 2020.”
"Mike" Showrunner Karen Gist Speaks
“We just wanted to tell an unbiased story and have the audience decide what they think or feel,” she said during Hulu’s Television Critics Tour panel, according to the outlet. “Challenging what people think they know about Mike and hoping that they come away from the series with something else to think about. Whether you like him or hate him, does the story make you question how complicit society has been? That was the intention, that was the North Star for the writers’ room as we were crafting stories.”
Trevante Rhodes Puts In His Two Cents
Trevante Rhodes, who stars as Tyson in the biopic, took a moment to share his own piece about the controversy.
Via an Instagram post, the actor possibly alludes to the idea of the heavyweight being able to tell his own story.
“You should consider prompting their project too, to see multiple perspectives of a process is a true truth,” he wrote.
The biopic “Mike” premieres on Aug. 25 on Hulu.