Hulu is one streaming service that Mike Tyson definitely won’t use.
In a series of statements on social media, the legendary boxer alleges that Hulu stole his life story without compensation and is angry at the upcoming show, ‘Mike’, which chronicles his life.
“Don’t let Hulu fool you. I do not support their story about my life,” Tyson, 56, 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 at auction.
In a caption to this Instagram post, Tyson wrote, “Hulu is the streaming version of master slave. They stole my story and didn’t pay me.
Tyson took to Twitter and made similar comments, writing that “Hulu’s model of stealing celebrities’ life rights is extremely greedy.” He added: “Hulu stole my story. They’re Goliath and I’m David. Heads are gonna roll for this.
Tyson had a similar take when the show was first ordered in February 2021.
“Making this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respecting Black History rights,” he said. “Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to black experiences, especially after everything that’s happened in 2020.”
Tyson announced in March 2021 that his “authorized story” was in development, with Jamie Foxx as boxer and filmmaker Martin Scorsese producing the film.
Executive producers Steven Rogers and Karin Gist of Hulu’s upcoming show responded to Tyson’s criticism this week, saying they were unable to speak to him because his rights were already taken.
“Hopefully if he watches it, he changes his mind,” Rogers said, per Entertainment Tonight. “For me, as a writer, as a storyteller, I don’t really like being dependent on one source. I really like to research and get all these different opinions and then tell a story around it all. I don’t like being beholden to just one person.
Tyson responded to the producers, staying on the attack.
“They say this story is an exploration of a black man. It feels more like an exploitation of a black man,” the former heavyweight champion said. “Hulu thinks their tracks being covered by hiring black sacrificial lambs to act as front men for their backdoor heist is appalling. I will always remember this blatant disregard for my dignity.
New York Post