FILE – In this file photo dated August 2, 2019, Mike Tyson participates in a celebrity golf tournament in Dana Point, California. Hulu announced on Thursday, February 25, 2021 that it had ordered “Iron Mike,” a limited edition series about the life of boxing great Mike Tyson.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hulu announced that it has ordered a limited edition series that will dramatize the life of great boxer Mike Tyson, who was quick to describe the production as “cultural embezzlement.”
In a press release Thursday, Hulu said “Iron Mike” will explore “the wild, tragic and controversial life and career” of a polarizing athlete.
Tyson, who is not involved in the project, criticized Hulu on social media, saying the series was insensitive.
“Hulu’s announcement that it would make an unauthorized mini-series of Tyson history without compensation is unfortunate but not surprising,” Tyson said in an Instagram post. “This announcement about the social diversity of our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this deaf-mute cultural misappropriation of the Tyson life story.”
Hulu did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tyson’s post continued to criticize the timing of the announcement – during Black History Month – and urged Hollywood to “be more sensitive to black experiences, especially after what happened in 2020”.
An “authorized” autobiographical project will be announced in the coming days, Tyson said.
The eight episodes of “Iron Mike” are from the makers of “I, Tonya”, the 2017 film in which Margot Robbie played the lead role as ice skater Tonya Harding.
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