Mike Tyson wants to go a few rounds with Hulu, and he’s ready to deliver the knockout punch.
The former boxing champion jumped on social media to boycott Hulu after it was revealed that the streaming service will run a limited series on him called “Iron Mike.” This did not make him happy at all.
Mike Tyson wrote a scathing account on Instagram about the situation.
Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story without compensation, although unfortunate, isn’t surprising. This announcement on the heels of social disparities in our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of the Tyson life story. To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respect for black story rights. Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to black experiences especially after all that has transpired in 2020. The real Mike Tyson authorized story is in development and will be announced in coming days. Hulu to announce stealing a black athletes story during Black History month couldn’t be more inappropriate or tone deaf. #boycotthulu #corporategreed
Iron Mike is created by Steven Rogers and Margot Robbie is exec producing the project under the LuckyChap banner. Deadline reports that Mixed-ish’s Karin Gist is the showrunner.
Mike Tyson obviously doesn’t appreciate this new account of his life story being told. We’ll have to see if his displeasure has anything to do about things.