As the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal continues, Funny or Die has a parody of the candidate starring Mike Tyson. Funny, right? Mike Tyson has a moustache and lisps his way through jokes like "The Tea Party loves crazy more than they hate blacks." Eh, maybe not. There are no jokes that we saw about the dominant Cain story -- four different women have accused him of sexual harassment, the most recent to come forward, Sharon Bialek, with allegations that are basically sexual assault -- but as tech blogger Anil Dash pointed out on Twitter, Tyson's past as a convicted rapist makes the joke a lot less funny. This was The New York Times report when Tyson was sentenced to prison back in 1992:
After a history of truancy and juvenile delinquency that began when he was 8 years old, Mr. Tyson discovered boxing at age 12 while serving time in a reformatory in upstate New York. Under the tutelage of a noted fight trainer, Cus D'Amato, Mr. Tyson became, at age 20, the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history.
Since that achievement, however, the Mike Tyson story has been more tragic than triumphant, with repeated episodes of aggressive sexual behavior toward women, including strangers he met in nightclubs or, in one widely publicized incident, a parking lot attendant.
But the most serious episode by far involved Desiree Washington, an 18-year-old college student who told the police and later testified in court that Mr. Tyson raped her in his hotel room and laughed about it as she wept.
You can watch the whole embarrassing train wreck below. At least Tyson did a bang-up job covering up that face tattoo.
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