Boxing great Mike Tyson compared streaming giant Hulu to a ‘slave master’


Mike Tyson, boxing.Photo by Getty Images

  • Mike Tyson had choice words to say about Hulu.

  • The streaming giant airs on August 25 an unauthorized eight-part limited series on Tyson.

  • The former boxing champ insists they “stole” his story.

Boxing great Mike Tyson chastised streaming giant Hulu over an unauthorized series based on his life.

They “stole my story,” he tweeted Saturday.

Insider contacted Hulu regarding the details of this story but did not receive an immediate response.

“It is not uncommon for dramatizations of famous people’s lives and stories to be produced without the input or approval of the subjects,” a source familiar with the matter told Insider.

The Hulu series, which is titled ‘Mike,’ debuts August 25 and stars Travante Rhodes as Tyson.

“We just wanted to tell an unbiased story and have the audience decide what they think or feel,” Showrunner Karin Gist said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

“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.”

“Don’t let Hulu fool you,” Tyson said on Instagram. “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.”

The post was apparently liked by famed actor and singer Jamie Foxx, who commented: “Love you, bro.”

Foxx worked on a separate Tyson biopic and had been working for years with the 56-year-old. It is unclear when this biopic will be finished, let alone released.

Hulu wanted Dana White to promote the series, according to Tyson

Dana White and Mike Tyson.

Dana White and Mike Tyson.Photo by Getty Images

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 tried to desperately pay my brother Dana White millions without offering me a dollar to promote their slave master take over story about my life,” Tyson said.

“He turned it down because he honors friendship and treating people with dignity. I’ll never forget what he did for me just like I’ll never forget what Hulu stole from me.”

According to the official Hulu website, “‘Mike’ explores the dynamic and controversial story of Mike Tyson.”

Screenshot of the 'Mike' page on Hulu.

Screenshot of the ‘Mike’ page on Hulu.Photo by Hulu

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 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 no-holds-barred look at the life of Mike Tyson — and it is one wild ride.”

Tyson previously called Hulu’s series “tone-deaf cultural appropriation,” according to Boxing Scene.

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