Page of

Don’t Believe the Hype

Don’t Believe the Hype

The Racial Representation of Mike Tyson in Three Acts

(p.45) Don’t Believe the Hype
Fame to Infamy
Thabiti Lewis
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines race as a factor in the performance of a sports celebrity, using Mike Tyson as a focus. It contends that black athletes were often represented as villains in sport, as shown in the case of Muhammad Ali, Jack Johnson, and Barry Bonds. It shows that Tyson’s reputation originated in the aftermath of black athletes’ struggles in the 1960s and 1970s.

Keywords:   black athlete, race, Mike Tyson, sports celebrity, Muhammad Ali, Jack Johnson, Barry Bonds

Sign In

Copyright © 2020. All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy and Legal Notice