Mike Tyson gives some of the strangest, least self-aware interviews ever conducted. If you’ve ever read any of David Remnick’s essays on Tyson, you know he has a god complex. (Tyson, not Remnick.) His favorite topics of discussion usually revolve around his gutting opponents like fish, or basically how he’s going to kill everyone.
But his latest interview with Details shows a different side of Tyson – a self-loathing (but still vainglorious?) side of Tyson:
Mike Tyson: I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, "This is a pig. You are a fucking piece of shit."
Details: Sounds painful.
Mike Tyson: No, not at all. Objectively, I’m a pig. That’s why it’s very difficult for me when people are offering me all that adulation and love. I just feel dirty. These people want to hug me, they want to touch me, and I’m feeling like, "Get your fucking hands off me." I feel that energy of theirs, and it’s just filth and murder.
Yes, that’s Mike Tyson, playing with hyperbole. Stop worshipping Mike Tyson all the time, everyone! He does not want to be your totally real and completely worthy prophet.
And because no Mike Tyson interview is complete without his very unsettling brand of nostalgia:
I went back to Brownsville with my reality-TV-show crew, they’re doing a segment about my childhood racing pigeons, and Brownsville’s all upscale now. They got surveillance cameras, buildings that were abandoned cost, like, a million now, and I’m thinking, My life must’ve been a lie, ’cause there’s nothing there that looks like my childhood. This white woman come up, and I’m thinking, Wow. When I was a kid, she would’ve been robbed and raped and left for dead. This is a real strange scenario, and I just wanted to cry. I’m like, "Who am I? Where’s my heritage?"