Boxing legend Mike Tyson is calling Hulu a “distribution version of his slave master” after he allegedly stole his autobiography for profit without compensation.
In a series of statements posted to his social media accounts on Saturday, Tyson reiterated that he does not support those reporting on his life in and out of the ring for the upcoming limited series. “Mike” premieres on August 25.
“Don’t let everyone fool you. I don’t support their story about my life,” Tyson, 56, wrote in a statement. Instagram “It’s not 1822. It’s 2022. They stole my biography and didn’t pay me. I’m the only executive of all. [N-word] You can sell it at auction.”
The former world heavyweight champion continued to air his grievances on Twitter. He It is called The Hulu series took over the story of my life by adding the hashtag “#SlaveryDead” in another. Twitter.
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This isn’t the first time Tyson has talked about “Mike.” After Hulu first ordered a limited series in February 2021, Tyson fired back at the project.
“It’s not surprising, though saddening, that the announcement to do all the unauthorized work on Tyson’s story without compensation” Tyson he said. by the time. “This ad about social inequality in our country is a prime example of how corporate greed has led to this voice-deaf abuse of Tyson’s biography.”
He continued: “Releasing this ad during Black History Month only confirms the dollar’s concern for the rights of all to respect Black History.”
In the year In March 2021, Tyson announced his own “authorized story” in his work, starring Jamie Foxx as himself. Filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Foxx are among the producers. “I’ve wanted to tell my story for a while,” he said.
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according to All“Mike,” an 8-episode limited series, “explores the ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life – from beloved international athlete to pariah and back. … ‘Mike’ is unauthorized and non-existent – a glimpse into Mike Tyson’s life – and he It’s been one wild ride. Trevante Rhodes will star as Tyson.
Executive producers Steven Rogers and Karin Geist addressed Tyson’s criticism at the Television Critics Association earlier this week.
“We really haven’t been able to talk to him,” Rodgers told reporters on Thursday. Entertainment tonight. “For me as a writer, as a storyteller, I don’t like to rely on just one source. I like to do the research and get all these different opinions and then put a story around all of that. You don’t like to be beholden to just one person.
“That was our goal,” Gist added, “to tell the story not just about the events in his life, but to set the story and give it context in the world and the time.” He wanted to make sure that we were as broad as possible in research and drama in his life and that we could make sure that we opened doors to other conversations about those things.
Tyson responded through his representative Thursday Description to entertainment tonight: “My right to life election expired years ago. None of their elites have ever tried to negotiate with this black man.”
“They say this story is a black man’s exploration. It’s just like a black man’s exploitation. They think all their tracks are covered by hiring black scapegoats to play the role of front men for their backstabbing. I do. Always remember this contempt for my dignity.
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Contributor: Associated Press