Mike Tyson: the Undisputed Truth

When the Hand Mirror publicised feminist calls to stop convicted rapist Mike Tyson coming to New Zealand to “inspire” us, some responses suggested it was unfair to Mr Tyson to object to his presence here, mostly because he might have changed his women-hating behaviour since being convicted of raping Desiree Washington in 1992.

So let’s check it out, by looking at what he talks about in his new Broadway show about his life, the modestly titled “Undisputed Truth.”  Firstly, he didn’t get to call the show what he wanted – “Boxing, Bitches and Lawsuits.”

Secondly, he jokes about not knowing the difference between menstrual blood, miscarriage blood and blood from a rape – in reference to Robin Givens, an ex-partner who has publically accused him of domestic violence.  Right before he affirms he doesn’t owe teenager Desiree Washington an apology, and complains about all the money he has spent on women over the years.

That’s all from August this year.  Even more recently he’s told the media he was “set up” around raping Desiree Washington.

Then there is his description of himself as a “prostitute-hunter”.  In the past, you know, before he got all redeemed.

Just last year, Mr Tyson gave his views on Sarah Palin, in relation to inter-racial sexual experiences:

“But you want her to be with somebody like [Dennis] Rodman getting up in there. Pushing her guts up in the back of her head! Glen Rice is a nice, mellow, docile man, non-threatening black guy — you want someone like Rodman — yeah baby! Imagine Palin with a big old black stallion ripping — yeehaw!”

Mr Tyson is not redeemed, he’s a misogynist man who excuses and perpetrates violence against women.  No forgiveness from me, Mr Tyson.  Go and do the real work of facing up to your actions before you claim you’ve changed.  And stop talking about women and our bodies with such hatred.  The saddest thing about this whole saga is how invisible your hatred seems to be, to too many people.

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