Mike Tyson’s 1991-1992 rape case is explored from Desiree Washington’s perspective.
|Writer(s)||Karin Gist, Samantha Corbin-Miller|
|Introduced This Episode|
This content contains pertinent spoilers.
In July 1991, Mike Tyson met Desiree Washington, and he raped her. She, an 18-year-old girl, barely out of high school, participating in the Miss Black America pageant, met with Mike Tyson past 1:00 AM, thinking they would go to a party, and instead, he created the worst day of her life. Which rather than let go, she took to trial and won.
However, she faced hardship like anyone who takes their rapist to trial. She was pushed to recant by unknown Black people. There was a desire to push the idea she was the next Robin Givens and wanted to be a gold digger. There were questions about why no one heard her if she was being raped, and various other ways in an attempt to discredit her.
But, she got justice, and Mike, pissed as expected, got sent to prison.
Things To Note
- Dialog: Vulgarity and death threats
- Violence: The show doesn’t get explicit with the sexual violence, but makes it clear something happened
- Sexual Content: Nudity in the form of Mike’s buttocks being seen momentarily
- Miscellaneous: Victim blaming galore
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- What did Mike say about the case during his one-man live performance?
What Could Happen Next
- Mike going back to jail
Not Pulling Any Punches
There is absolutely no spin here regarding Mike Tyson’s actions. Everything is from Desiree’s point of view, and as we’ve seen many times, this show will give grace to people when they deserve it. But when they have shown themselves to be manipulative, monstrous, and without remorse, they will be shown as they wanted to be. So as much as Mike has been allowed to be three-dimensional because of his trauma, no excuses are made here.
We’re reminded that Desiree was 18, barely of legal age, and while there is every adjective imaginable to push how innocent she was, and at the end of the day, it is made clear she didn’t want Mike Tyson ins a sexual way and probably didn’t want him in a romantic way either. She was just someone far from home who had the opportunity to hang out with a celebrity everyone in her family loved. Which Eubanks played out beautifully.
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