Mike Tyson accused Hulu of “stealing the story of my life” with his upcoming Mike biopic series.
Coming to the streaming service later this month, Mike stars Trevante Rhodes as the boxing champion.
The series was made without the involvement of Tyson himself, who shared a series of messages on Saturday (Aug 6) in which he called Hulu “the streaming version of the master of slaves.”
“Don’t let Hulu fool you. I don’t support your story about my life. It’s not 1822. It’s 2022. They stole my life story and didn’t pay me,” he wrote on Instagram.
“To Hulu execs I’m just a n***** that they can sell at auction.”
On Twitter, he echoed his point of view by writing, “Hulu stole my story. They are Goliath and I am David. Heads will roll for this.”
The Independent has contacted Hulu for comment.
Tyson’s Instagram received a sea of messages of support.
Musician BReal put up a middle finger emoji directed at Hulu, while Jamie Foxx wrote, “I love you carnal.”
Foxx will play Tyson in another upcoming biographical series, this time titled Tyson.
Discussing the series at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday (Aug 4), screenwriter Karen Gist said they wanted to present an “unbiased story” that would allow the audience to come to their own conclusions about Tyson. .
“Challenging what people think they know about Mike and hoping they come out of the show with something else to think about,” she explained.
“Whether you like it or hate it, does the story make you question how complicit society has been? That was the intent, that was the guiding strategy in the writers’ room as we crafted the stories.”
In February 2021, Tyson first criticized Hulu’s Mike series for “stealing” his life story, calling it a “senseless cultural misappropriation.”
He asked fans to boycott the streaming service as a sign of protest.