KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson wants fans to boycott Hulu, which ordered a new series that will focus on his life
  • He called the move a "tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of the Tyson life story"
  • Tyson said an "authorized story" is in the works and will be announced in the coming days

Mike Tyson is fuming over an unauthorized series about his life. He has now called for a Hulu boycott, with fans lending support to the former boxing champion. 

On Wednesday, Hulu announced that it will release "Iron Mike," an eight-episode series from the makers of the highly acclaimed film "I, Tonya."

According to a press release from the streaming service, the limited series "explores the wild, tragic and controversial life and career behind one of the most polarizing figures in sports culture – heavyweight champion Mike Tyson," People reported. 

Tyson fired back at Hulu's announcement Thursday by revealing that a series that will give a "real" account of his life is in the works and is set to be announced soon.

"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," he wrote on Instagram. "To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu's concern for dollars over respect for black story rights." 

He went on to say that he wants Hollywood "to be more sensitive to black experiences especially after all that has transpired in 2020."

The 54-year-old also informed his fans that 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."

Some well-known personalities and fans have responded to his call for a boycott of the streaming platform. Henry Cejudo, a retired professional mixed martial artist and freestyle wrestler, commented on his post: "I'm canceling my s--t right now. Nobody does that to uncle Mike. Shame on you guys @hulu."

One fan wrote: "FK Hulu! I stand for the GOAT! And I will boycott! Much respect to one of the greatest boxers in our lifetime." 

"Not watching it champ. No worries," wrote another.

Tyson made his debut as a professional boxer at the age of 18 in March 1985. He reigned as the undisputed boxing king from 1987 to 1990.

The heavyweight champ was controversy's favorite child. During a 1997 re-match, he bit off a piece of boxer Evander Holyfield's ear.

Tyson was in news for his antics outside the ring as well and was convicted of rape in 1992. After staying behind bars for three years, he was released in 1995 but was back in prison in 1999 for assaulting two motorists. Tyson was also accused by his first wife, Robin Givens, of being physically abusive.

His life story has been the subject of many projects, including the upcoming biopic "Finding Mike," which stars Jamie Foxx as Tyson. 

Givens was not thrilled about the biopic. "I felt this drop in the pit of my stomach and was like, ‘Oh no, here we go again.' I felt like the world was crumbling again," the actress told People.

She married Tyson in February 1988. Eight months later, she filed for divorce from him.

Givens tried to maintain a positive outlook in life following the divorce. "I kept going to Mass and yoga and just praying and hoping it would just all be okay in the end," she said. 

Mike Tyson returns to boxing at age 54 on saturday with an eight-round fight against 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. at Los Angeles Mike Tyson returns to boxing at age 54 on saturday with an eight-round fight against 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. at Los Angeles Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / James Gilbert