“Don’t let Hulu fool you. I do not support their story about my life,” Tyson wrote on Instagram Saturday. “It’s not 1822. It’s 2022. They stole my life story and didn’t pay me.”
Tyson continued, “To Hulu executives, I’m just an****r that they can auction off.”
In a separate post, ‘Iron Mike’ thanks UFC chief Dana White for not helping promote the Mike series, which premieres August 25 on Hulu.
“Hulu desperately tried to pay my brother [White] millions without offering me a dollar to promote their slave master taking over my life,” Tyson wrote. “He declined because he honors friendship and treats people with dignity. I will never forget what he did for me, just like I will never forget what Hulu stole from me.
Representatives for Hulu did not respond at press time to rolling stonerequest for comment regarding Tyson’s statements.
When the first trailer for Mike arriving in July, Hulu called the eight-episode limited series an “unauthorized and unrestricted look into the life of Mike Tyson,” suggesting the boxer had no role in the creative process; Mike was created by the team behind Tonya Harding’s unofficial biopic Me Tonya.
“We just wanted to tell an unbiased story and let the audience decide what they think or feel,” showrunner Karen Gist said Thursday during Hulu’s TCA presentation. “Challenging what people think they know about Mike and hoping they walk away from the show with something else to think about. Love him or hate him, does the story bring you wondering how complicit society has been? That was the intention, that was the North Star for the writers room as we created stories.