AceShowbiz - Mike Tyson made an eyebrow-raising comment during his interview with Eminem. In the latest episode of his "Hotboxin" podcast which aired on Thursday night, March 19, the former professional boxer compared the rapper to a black person in America because of his rough upbringing.
Toward the end of their nearly-48-minute conversation, Mike praised Em for accomplishing so much despite only completing 8th grade education and his impoverished childhood on Detroit's 8 Mile Road. "Everything you got was, f***in'- not even given to you," he said of the "Lose Yourself" hitmaker. "You f***in' slaved for it, you know what I mean? You're the only white guy that knows what it's like to be a n***a."
Em seemed a bit uncomfortable with the comparison. "Not sure how to answer that," he nervously replied. He got careful with his next words, adding, "But, uh, nah man. It's uh ... I mean, you know, we all got our story."
After footage of the interview was shared online, people weighed in on Mike's comparison of Eminem with a black man. Radio and TV personality Charlamagne Tha God disagreed with the 53-year-old former athlete, writing on Instagram, "King. Please stop equating poverty and struggle with blackness."
"Eminem grew up poor, he struggled, but he does not know what it feels like to be black," he further disputed Mike's claim. "In America your black skin could literally cost you your life. He or no other Caucasian will ever know what it feels like to be black."
Sharing the same opinion, another Internet user commented on Mike's remarks, "I think a lot of times some people lump poverty and being poor with being black so they think if you struggled you've felt what it's like to be black when that's not what being black is."
"... being black is having a stable family or stable income or even having boatloads of money and still being followed around the store because the culture of the way you dress is stereotyped as a thief .. or having someone form a opinion on your intellectual skills before you speak to them that's being black .. not just struggling," the said person argued.
"Blackness does not equal Struggle. #Period," someone else added, while another agreed with Charlamagne, "Charlamagne was [one hundred]% correct."
Some others defended Em. "Blackness doesn't equal struggle. But the whole Detroit knows how grounded Em was to the streets & how he looked out for everyone in the hood. He may not be black but everyone def considers him as a brother , family," one praised him. "Etc he's respected in every hood for being himself."
"Eminem legit does more for kids in inner city without bragging. Cham just hates on Em because he has never went on the breakfast club," another clapped back at Charlamagne.
Mike has not responded to the debate caused by his remarks. He recently made a cameo on Em's music video for his new song "Godzilla", which explains his admiration and close relationship with the hip-hop star.