Mike Tyson has criticized a planned miniseries about his life accusing the streaming service, Hulu- the organisation behind the production of “stealing a black man’s story”.
The former heavyweight boxing champion is not involved in the production of the eight-part miniseries titled Iron Mike, which will explore the more controversial aspects of his life, as well as his sporting career.
“Really Hulu?! Stealing a black man’s story during Black History Month?” Tyson wrote on twitter.
The series will be directed by Craig Gillespie and actress Margot Robbie is understood to be one of the executive producers.
Considered one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time, Tyson became the youngest ever heavyweight champion in boxing history in 1986 at the age of 20.
However, the 54-year-old made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 1992 when he was convicted of rape and served three years of a six-year prison sentence.
Talking about the planned production, Tyson said: “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.”
He also told fans his own “authorised story” is in development and will be announced “in coming days”.
Tyson ended his sporting career in 2006 but returned to the ring in November last year for a fight with Roy Jones Jr, which ended in a draw.