Meryl Streep was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 2017 Golden Globes. During her acceptance speech, the accomplished actress took aim at Donald Trump, and also gave a slight dig at football and mixed martial arts in the process.
“Who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places,” Streep said, before citing numerous actors who were born and raised in different countries and backgrounds.
“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.”
Meryl Streep gets political with anti-Trump message: "Join me in supporting the committee to protect journalists" https://t.co/0PpcjaEsi6 pic.twitter.com/Sc2GkmoMKO— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 9, 2017
Although it was a pretty mild diss on the two sports, and a short line from a very long speech about Trump and free press, the remark still made made many MMA fans, analysts, and even fighters irate and buzzing on social media.
What a fucking joke https://t.co/4SCIAUquCv— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) January 9, 2017
Or you're a pro mma fighter that can't stand her or her liberal ways. Basically if you don't agree with her opinions then you're bad person https://t.co/5VI7ZyAPlN— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) January 9, 2017
Fuck Meryl Streep. Talks shit about MMA then says "disrespect begets disrespect". Typical hypocritical Hollywood liberal.— Tamdan McCrory (@TheBarnCatMMA) January 9, 2017
Disagree about the arts but otherwise a lovely speech... https://t.co/wYNEJ4WqTF— Zachary Makovsky (@ZachFunSize) January 9, 2017
There's that open minded liberal spirit Meryl. Swing at two contact sports on the rise and in turn boost the talk further. #MMA #art #NFL— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) January 9, 2017
Leftover Chinese or frozen pizza…paralyzed by indecision. If only I had an A-list celebrity to guide me, perhaps offer general life advice…— Ryan Hall (@ryanhall5050) January 9, 2017
Just my response to the dig at MMA by #MerylStreep from her speech from the #GoldenGlobehttps://t.co/9iYvDl1C99— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) January 9, 2017
Bellator President Scott Coker also decided to send an open letter, inviting the actress to one of their upcoming MMA events.
As a martial artist and an MMA promoter, here is my open letter and #Bellator170 invite to the very talented #MerylStreep #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/zostN22RAK— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 9, 2017