Mike Tyson has taken aim at streaming service Hulu, accusing them of “stealing” his life story without compensation.
‘Mike’ is set to premiere on Hulu on August 25. It will run for eight episodes and stars Trevante Rhodes as the controversial former heavyweight champion.
Tyson is clearly not supportive of the upcoming show, which is being made without his involvement or consent, and hasn’t been holding back on social media.
“Don’t let Hulu fool you. I don’t support their story about my life,” the 56-year-old Tyson wrote on Instagram. “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-word) they can sell on the auction block.”
In a caption on that Instagram post, Tyson added: “Hulu is the streaming version of the slave master. They stole my story and didn’t pay me.”The former boxer made similar comments on Twitter.
“Hulu’s model of stealing life rights of celebrities is egregiously greedy,” he wrote.
“Hulu stole my story. They’re Goliath and I’m David. Heads will roll for this.”
Biopics are frequently made without the subject’s approval but Tyson isn’t taking it lying down.
He also spoke out strongly against the show when it was first announced in February of 2021.
“To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respect for Black story rights,” he said at the time.
“Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to Black experiences especially after all that has transpired in 2020.”
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