Actress Meryl Streep created quite the ruckus at Sunday night’s Golden Globes. While her lengthy speech while receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award was directed at president-elect Donald Trump, Streep managed to take a shot at mixed martial arts along the way.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” Streep said.
While many have no qualms with Streep taking a shot at Trump, why did she have to go after MMA? What did the sport ever do to her?
To those who frequently visit this little MMA bubble, the sport is viewed as a fine art which encompasses many different genres of combat. To others, like Streep, who have likely never watched an entire MMA fight from beginning to end, it’s still viewed as “human cockfighting” or an organized bar brawl, at best.
UFC president Dana White agrees that MMA isn’t for everyone. However, it is an art.
“It’s not going to be everybody’s thing and the last thing in the world I expect is an uppity, 80-year old lady to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts,” White told TMZ. “If you really look at who follows the UFC and is into mixed martial arts, it’s everybody.
“I don’t expect an 80-year old woman to be a big fan of mixed martial arts and listen, everybody’s into whatever. I’m not a big fan of golf. It doesn’t mean people should stop watching it. If you don’t like it, change the channel.”
White is adamant that in a sport as diverse as MMA, Streep was way off the mark by throwing MMA under the buss in trying to attack Trump.
“Of course it’s an art. I mean these fighters, the men and women are so talented, they train their whole lives to become the best in the world and the people who get into the UFC are the elite of the elite,” White added. “To say something stupid like that is like saying she’s not a talented actress, which she is. She’s a very talented actress.
“We have fighters from all over the world. World champions, men and women, we do tons of fights in foreign countries. She’s not educated about the sport and it was a completely uneducated comment.”
Bellator president Scott Coker went a step further by inviting Streep to attend their January 21 event in Los Angeles:
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 9, 2017
It’s a safe bet Streep won’t be in attendance, which is probably a good thing because using Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen as the examples of MMA’s art might not be the sport’s best defense.