Supermarket furore over Mike Tyson drink
Former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson might be facing the greatest battle of his life – and it could be against Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury. If it happens. Which it might. Or might not.
There’s a growing campaign against the Black Energy drink, which hails from Poland but has the ex-boxer and rapist plastered all over it and is stocked by the aforementioned supermarkets.
Of course, there’s the obvious objection that they’re selling goods that are being plugged by a convicted rapist, but throw in the fact that the drink claims to offer ‘sexenergy’ and it all starts to look a bit more unsavoury.
There have been complaints to the supermarkets that are stocking the stuff and Facebook groups and noise from Mumsnet and all that stuff.
Justine Roberts, founder of Mumsnet, said: ‘Lots of Mumsnet users are disappointed that the likes of Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's are stocking a product endorsed by convicted rapist, Mike Tyson, and would rather that someone who showed little remorse for his behaviour wasn't given the opportunity to cash in on his notoriety.’
The makers of Black Energy are believed to have altered the packaging but references to Tyson remain. Meanwhile none of the three errant supermarkets have announced any plans to remove the drink from their shelves.
Here's Tyson in an ad for the stuff...