- Mike Tyson had good words to say about Hulu.
- The streaming giant will air an unauthorized eight-part limited series on Tyson on August 25.
- The former boxing champion insists they “stole” his story.
Boxing legend Mike Tyson chastised streaming giant Hulu over an unauthorized series based on his life.
They “stole my story,” he tweeted on Saturday.
—Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) 6 August 2022
Insider contacted Hulu regarding the details of this story, but did not immediately receive a response.
– It is not unusual for dramatizations of famous people’s lives and stories to be produced without input or approval from the subjects, a source familiar with the matter tells Insider.
The Hulu series, titled ‘Mike,’ debuts on August 25 and stars Travante Rhodes as Tyson.
“We just wanted to tell an objective story and let the audience decide what they think or feel,” showrunner Karin Gist said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.
“Challenge what people think they know about Mike and hope they come away from the series with something else to think about.
“Whether you like him or hate him, the story makes you question how complicit society has been? That was the intention, it was the North Star for the writers’ room as we made stories.”
“Don’t let Hulu fool you,” Tyson said on Instagram. “I don’t support their story of my life. It’s not 1822. It’s 2022. They stole my life story and didn’t pay me.”
The post was apparently liked by famous actor and singer Jamie Foxx, who commented: “Love you bro.”
Foxx was working on a Tyson biography of his own and had worked for years with the 56-year-old. It is unclear when this biography will be finished, let alone published.
Hulu wanted Dana White to promote the series, according to Tyson
Tyson even alleged that Hulu tried to pay his friend UFC President Dana White to promote the series. The boxer added that White refused the offer.
“Hulu desperately tried to pay my brother Dana White millions without offering me a dollar to promote their slave master’s take over the story of my life,” Tyson said.
“He turned it down because he honors friendship and treats people with dignity. I will never forget what he did for me, just as I will never forget what Hulu stole from me.”
According to the official Hulu website, “‘Mike’ explores the dynamic and controversial story of Mike Tyson.”
It is an eight-episode series that “explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life – from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again.”
Hulu added: “The series examines class in America, race in America, fame and the power of the media, misogyny, the wealth divide, the promise of the American Dream, and ultimately our own role in shaping Mike’s story.
“Mike is an unauthorized and unhindered look at the life of Mike Tyson – and it’s a wild ride.”
Tyson previously called Hulu’s series “tone-deaf cultural appropriation,” according to Boxing Scene.