Mike Tyson is the subject of a new scripted series from Hulu, and he’s really not happy about it.
The life of the famous boxer is the focus of the upcoming TV show Mike, which debuts on August 25th. Trevante Rhodes, who played Chiron in the 2016 film Moonlight, will appear as Tyson – but his subject says he didn’t announce the eight-episode limited series.
“Don’t let Hulu fool you,” Tyson wrote on Instagram on Saturday. “I don’t support her story about my life. It’s not 1822, it’s 2022. They stole my life story and didn’t pay me. For Hulu executives, I’m just one – they can sell on the auction block.”
In a separate post the same day, Tyson claimed Hulu tried to get UFC President Dana White to promote the series, but White declined out of respect for Tyson.
“Hulu has been desperate to pay my brother Dana White millions without offering me a dollar to further their slave master takeover story of my life,” Tyson wrote. “He turned it down because he honors friendship and treats people with dignity. I’ll never forget what he did for me, just like I’ll never forget what Hulu stole from me.”
At the Television Critics Assn. Press tour last week explained “Mike” showrunner Karin Gist the intention of the series.
“We just wanted to tell an unbiased story and let the audience choose what to think or feel,” Gist said. “Like him or hate him, does the story make you wonder how complicit society has been? That was the intent, that was the north star for the writers room when we were making stories.”
It’s not the first time in recent memory that the subject of a scripted series has slammed the project. Pamela Anderson was reportedly not pleased with Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy,” which explored her relationship (and sextape) with Tommy Lee, and didn’t take part in the recent series.
In April, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a lengthy article about HBO’s “Winning Time,” dismissing the series as “deliberately dishonest” and “dreamingly boring.”
“The characters are crude stick figure representations that resemble real people in the way Lego resembles Hans Solo Harrison Ford,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “Each character is reduced to a single distinctive trait, as if the writers feared something more complex would test the viewer’s understanding.”
NBA legend Jerry West also called for the series to be withdrawn, saying it was “cruel” and “deliberately false.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-08-08/mike-tyson-hulu-scripted-series-criticism Mike Tyson knocks out Hulu over new TV series about his life