Mike Tyson says Hulu ‘stole’ his life story for new series, compares streamer to ‘master of slaves’

Mike Tyson has again expressed his disdain for Hulu’s new biographical series about his life. The former professional heavyweight boxer doesn’t approve of ‘Mike’, to say the least, saying the streamer ‘stole’ his life story.

Tyson aired his grievances against Hulu and the series via his Instagram on Saturday, sharing two posts with strong words against the streamer.

The first message congratulates Dana White, the permanent president of the first mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship. Tyson alleges Hulu tried to pay White — and potentially the UFC — to promote “Mike,” but White refused because he “honors friendship.” Tyson calls the series a “story of a slave master’s takeover” of his life.

“Hulu desperately tried to pay my brother Dana White millions without offering me a dollar to promote their slave master taking over my life,” Tyson wrote. “He declined because he honors friendship and treats people with dignity. I will never forget what he did for me, just like I will never forget what Hulu stole from me.

Shortly after, Tyson shared a second post criticizing Hulu: “Don’t let Hulu fool you. I can’t stand their 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 an****r that they can auction off.

This isn’t the first time Tyson has criticized the production. In February 2021, Tyson expressed his disapproval shortly after the series was greenlit by Hulu.

“This announcement on the heels of social disparities in our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed has led to this tone-deaf cultural hijacking 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 to his professional boxing career to a series of scandals that unfolded after his retirement from the sport.

“I, Tonya” screenwriter Steven Rogers created “Mike” and executive produced it. Karin Gist is showrunner and executive producer under her The Gist of It banner along with Claire Brown. “Mike” comes from 20th century television.

Hulu will air the first two episodes of the series’ eight-episode season on August 25.

In the months since “Mike” was greenlit by Hulu, Mike Tyson signed on as an executive producer on a separate limited series about his life, with Jamie Foxx attached to star as the boxer. However, the production has not found a network, hampering its development in recent months.

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