Mike Tyson

6 of the Worst Rape Culture Tropes, From ‘Asking For It’ Author Kate Harding

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Kate Harding’s Asking For It is a smart, witty summation of many of the issues we talk about at Flavorwire, from high-profile cases like Bill Cosby and Dominique Strauss-Kahn to depictions of rape and torture on TV to the over-hyped specter of false rape accusations and panic over date rape on campus to convicted rapist Mike Tyson playing a sexual abuse victim on Law and Order: SVU.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Blackhat,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’

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I’m sure the studios and distributors do their best to create an even and well-distributed new release schedule, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Some weeks are so loaded with new movies and reissues of note that we can’t even fit them into our five-slot format; other weeks are, well, like this one, offering up the likes of Still Alice and The Cobbler and, Lord help us, Mortdecai. But we’ve got a new (and underrated) Michael Mann movie, an earlier effort worth another look, an uncommonly thoughtful boxing documentary, a heartbreaking new-to-Netflix drama, and one more that you’ll just have to hear me out on.
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How ‘Undisputed Truth’ Helped Me Understand My Childhood Hero, Mike Tyson

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The significance of boxing in America goes way beyond two people jabbing at each other. What we call “the sweet science” is an apt metaphor for our culture itself: two fighters are paid to beat the pulp out of each other while sponsors, promoters, and gamblers exchange bags of money over the outcome of the fight. It is evolution and industry; evolution because it is survival of the fittest, industry because there is money to be made from the violence.
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Mike Tyson’s ‘Undisputed Truth’ Neither Proves His Innocence Nor Confesses His Guilt

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Mike Tyson is absolutely, 100 percent, no-question about it sure that he did not rape Desiree Washington. “She knows it, God knows it, and the consequences of her actions are something that she’s got to live with for the rest of her life,” he avers on page two of his new memoir. In the HBO documentary he gives a shorter, more petulant version. He proffers little actual evidence to support this mind-reading, but then this is a memoir (and a film) titled, apparently unironically, Undisputed Truth. In other words: it’s not the time for argument.
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Is There Something Sinister Behind Our Cultural Obsession With Mike Tyson?

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Today, New York magazine ran an excerpt from Mike Tyson’s forthcoming memoir, Undisputed Truth. Much of the excerpt focuses on Tyson’s Dickens-by-way-of-Bed-Stuy childhood, and the way a white boxing coach named Cus D’Amato gave him a sport to focus on. It is a compelling story, even a poetic one. His love for carrier pigeons seems like it must have come from the imagination of a novelist, and all the bad boys in the village cut archetypal figures.
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Why Is the NYPL Hosting Convicted Rapist Mike Tyson?

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Yesterday, I got an email from the New York Public Library announcing that Mike Tyson had been added to its popular LIVE! From the NYPL conversation series. Here’s how they describe the evening:

Boxing champion, Broadway headliner, felon—Mike Tyson has defied expectations and conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Tyson, the one-time heavyweight champion of the world and a legend both in and out of the ring, joins LIVE for a conversation about his tumultuous life in the same straightforward and sincere tone seen in his new memoir, Undisputed Truth.

One of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time, Tyson’s brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. Years of hard partying, violent fights, and criminal proceedings took their toll: by 2003, he hit rock bottom, a convicted felon and completely broke. Yet Tyson managed to regain his success, his dignity, and the love of his family. With his new-found happiness and stability as a father and husband, his story is an American original.

I admit it was the total absence of the word “rape” in here that made me do my first double-take.
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