The former boxing world champion compared the streaming platform to the slavers for making the ‘Mike’ series without his consent and without paying you royalties.
Mike Tyson lashed out through social networks against the American streaming platform ‘ Hulu for making a series about his life without his consent. The former fighter denounced that the production not only did not have his permission, but that the platform did not pay him his royalties either.
In a series of tweets published on Friday, the former world champion of heavyweights made it clear that the series ‘Mike’, to be released on August 25, is a plagiarism about his life and career. “Hulu stole my story. They are Goliath and I am David. Heads will roll for this,” wrote.
Similarly, Tyson claimed that the producers offered Dana White, president of the UFC, millions of dollars to promote the series. “Hulu desperately tried to pay my brother Dana White millions without offering me a single dollar to promote […] my life story. He turned them down because he honors friendship and treats people with dignity,” pointed.
“Hulu’s model of stealing the rights to the lives of celebrities is outrageously greedy”, commented the former boxer, who compared the platform to slavers. “I’m not a black you can sell on an auction block,” added in another entry.
Likewise, Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council (WBC), stated that the filmmakers lied about the former boxer’s position on the series to get the support of the organization . “I just spoke with him [Mike Tyson]. I was upset to learn that his next series was produced without his involvement and consent. The WBC was duped by Hulu and we provided belts to the production. Mike Tyson is a legend, I respect it.” reads the Twitter post.
For his part, the executive producer of ‘Mike’, Steven Rogers, declared that it was not possible to contact Tyson because the rights to his life were already assigned, so that option “was never on the table”.
However, “the baddest man on the planet” denied Rogers’ version through a statement, and assured that the transfer of rights to his life expired years ago. “They say that this story is an exploration of a black man. It is rather the exploitation of a black man […] I will always remember this flagrant disregard for my dignity,” the document reads.
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