One of the biggest moments to come from the Golden Globes was Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is given annually for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
Streep took to moment to condemn president-elect’s mocking of a disabled reporter during the presidential campaign, while also advocating for freedom of the press, appreciation of the arts and all around human decency.
During her speech, Streep made a specific comment that sent mixed martial arts and football fans into a frenzy.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” Streep said. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
Of course, UFC president Dana White, a friend of Trump’s who spoke at the Republican National Convention, responded to the comments in an interview with TMZ Sports, calling Streep an “uppity 80-year-old lady.” For what it’s worth, she’s 67.
Some were confused by Streep’s statement, feeling like it was a dig saying that MMA and football were not an art, but Streep was specifically referring to “the arts” — which actually encompasses literature, performing arts, culinary arts, media arts and visual arts.
Simple confusion and a perceived dig at the sport led us to this point.
So, here we are. It’s the Monday of a UFC fight week and Meryl Streep is dominating the headlines in the MMA world.
Who’da thunk it?