Actress Meryl Streep tried to do a rhetorical leg sweep of the both the NFL and MMA Sunday night in her Golden Globes speech and people noticed, especially people who make a living in the Mixed Martial Arts community.
Streep’s speech tied together her disdain for Donald Trump, Trump’s politically incorrect comments about criminal illegal aliens and the press and then made an appeal for being a victim:
“All of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.”
And then, she tossed both sports into an octagon-shaped garbage can:
“So 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.”
Apparently, she’s not a fan:
You can watch the whole speech above. The germane part is at 2:05.
The president of the UFC, Dana White, came straight at Streep, telling TMZ that she’s an “uppity 80-year-old lady” who’s “uneducated” about the sport:
“Of course it’s an art. These fighters, these men and women are so talented…saying something stupid like that is like saying…she’s not a talented actress which she is.
We have fighters from all over the world…She’s not educated about the sport and that was a completely uneducated comment.“”
For the record, Streep is 67, not 80.
The president of Bellator MMA, Scott Coker, took a different approach. He invited her to come to one of the fights later this month:
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 9, 2017
Fans and MMA stars were probably surprised that the doyenne of Hollywood mentioned them with the same contempt usually reserved for NASCAR fans:
— @OpinionChick (@opinionchick) January 9, 2017
“Anna Rand” thought she caught Streep doing exactly what she accused Trump of doing:
— Anna_Rand (@AnnaRand_reborn) January 9, 2017
Pro-fighter Lacey Schuckman thought that maybe the actress should check herself:
— ☆Lacey Schuckman☆ (@ladielacey) January 9, 2017
And MMA fighter Georgi Karakhanyan posited that what he does is a work of art:
— Georgi Karakhanyan (@georgimma) January 9, 2017
“Shaughn” had a one word answer for what he thought of Streep’s speech, “elitism”:
MMA enthusiast Jeff Siegel gave Streep her due, but called her remarks “offensive”:
— Jeff Siegel (@jeffsiegel) January 9, 2017
Comedian Joe Rogan believes that Streep would appreciate the art of MMA if only someone would explain it to her:
I'm sure Meryl Streep is a very nice woman who has never had the beauty of MMA fully explained to her by someone who truly appreciates it.
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) January 9, 2017
Tom Fornelli wanted this match-up:
Do you think Meryl Streep could beat Ronda Rousey?
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) January 9, 2017
And people began to fixate on it:
“Super Calo” liked the match up, but thought that Streep has a mean left hook:
Ronda Rousey potentially still be able to Judo toss Meryl Streep, although streep does have a good left hook which is concerning
— superCalo (@superCalo) January 9, 2017
John Monroe thought he regularly sees the work of the modern masters in the octagon:
Honestly not sure how Meryl Streep can say football and MMA aren't arts. Ronda Rousey looked quite a bit like a Picasso painting last week.
— John Monroe (@MinisterofD) January 9, 2017
MMA fighter Lauren Murphy thought she should break it to MMA fans that Streep probably wasn’t paying any attention to their outrage:
Meryl Streep is probably not reading your tweets, y'all.
— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) January 9, 2017
Former MMA fighter Rosi Sexton told everyone to take a chill pill:
Re. Meryl Streep's comments about MMA: listen, folks – it's ok that not everyone wants to watch wall to wall MMA. Really, it is. Chill.
— Rosi Sexton (@RosiSexton) January 9, 2017
One thing’s clear: At least MMA fighters can defend themselves against Hollywood disrespect.