Mike Tyson Accuses Hulu of Stealing His Life Story for New Show

“To Hulu executives I’m just a n— they can sell on the auction block,” Tyson tweeted, and his fans have got his back

Hulu has an upcoming limited series about the life of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, but Iron Mike himself says he didn’t get paid for the honor. Now he’s publicly biting back against it.

The big guy created a flurry of posts across social media over the weekend to weigh in about Mike, which airs August 25 and stars Trevante Rhodes as the complicated pugilist, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show covers Tyson’s rise to the championship, the fame, and his fall due to his 1992 rape conviction—and, of course, his eventual return to the ring.

“Don’t let them fool you,” Tyson wrote 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. To Hulu executives I’m just a n— they can sell on the auction block.” He captioned this post with, “Hulu is the streaming version of the slave master.”


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Tyson then took to Twitter, stating, “Hulu’s model of stealing life rights of celebrities is egregiously greedy #headswillroll.”

“Someone should get fired from Hulu,” Tyson added later. “Producers were lying to my friends saying I supported the unauthorized series about my life.”

Tyson also said, via Twitter on Friday, that Hulu tried to pay UFC President Dana White millions of dollars to promote the show, but that White turned down the offer “because he honors friendship and treats people with dignity.”

UFC veteran Nate Diaz also chimed in, tweeting simply, “Fuck you @Hulu”

During Hulu’s time at the Television Critics Association press tour on August 4, Mike writer and executive producer Steven Rogers (I, Tonya) told reporters, ““A lot of the things we’re struggling with today… have roots in [Tyson’s] story. I think he’s endlessly fascinating.”

Tyson, who fought from 1985—2005, is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. He was convicted of rape in 1992, and sentenced to six years in prison, but served three before being paroled. He is a noted pigeon trainer.

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