The Ceremony for the Golden Globes 2017 took place on Sunday and its highest point was a speech by American actress Meryl Streep. She received the Cecil B. DeMille award, and launched a fiery acceptance speech taking aim at Donald Trump (expected) and finished by taking a shot at MMA (completely unexpected).
“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.”
Yes, she may say that she meant it as a joke or that it was just a comment to emphasize a point. The reality is she had just criticized Donald Trump for being judgemental and seconds later she did exactly the same.
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the fragment of Meryl’s speech about Mixed Martial Arts:
The reactions from the MMA community have been plenty. We showed you what Dana White had to say about the matter. We now show you what everyone else (Scott Coker, Joe Rogan, Cody Garbrandt among others including the World Series of Fighting) had to say about the now infamous speech.
Bellator president Scott Coker sent Meryl an open letter defending why the sport should be considered art. He also invited her to attend Bellator 170.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 9, 2017