No doubt when Meryl Streep delivered her anti-Donald Trump monologue at the Golden Globes show on Sunday she expected to get some coverage on her comments. However, she may not have expected the backlash.
As Heat Street reports, Streep, who received the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe for lifetime achievement, used her acceptance speech to take a swipe at Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric, claiming that high culture was under threat:
“Hollywood is crawling with foreigners and if you kick them all out all you have to watch is football and Mixed Martial Arts,” she opined. “And those,” she continued, “are not arts.”
Her words not only seemed to imply that MMA and football were lowbrow forms of entertainment for paupers, but that these sports were also less inclusive of foreigners than the Seventh Art.
“Hollywood is crawling with foreigners and if you kick them all out all you have to watch is football and Mixed Martial Arts,” she opined.
“And those,” she continued, “are not arts.”
Her words not only seemed to imply that MMA and football were lowbrow forms of entertainment for paupers, but that these sports were also less inclusive of foreigners than the Seventh Art.Aggrieved, several fighters and mixed martial arts supporters took to Twitter to voice their opinions on Streep’s comments. Many pointed to the double standard in her speech, which called on Americans to rise above hatred and intolerance yet casually dissed an entire class of sports and their fans.
Really weird to see someone talk about not discriminating then basically discriminate against an entire group of skilled, hard working ppl.— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) January 9, 2017
— #WSOF35 (@MMAWorldSeries) January 9, 2017
— Cassandra (@TheWeeHours) January 9, 2017
UFC fighter Josh Barnett posted this personal letter to Streep on his Facebook page.
Well Meryl, it’s nice to see that with your nose so high in the air we know your glasses will always stay right on your face so you’d be able to read your speeches to us implying that not only is Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) lowbrow, but that it’s also apparently without “foreigners”.
Your glib smile and proclamation that MMA is “not the arts” would also lend a viewer the idea that you think that you’re better than us so called “artists” and perhaps that you think we are best regarded as a punchline to joke.
You are clearly a master at your profession and in the type of “arts’ that you deem important in the realm of entertainment, but as a professional Mixed Martial Artist (aka a professional prize fighter) I’ll fill you in on some aspects of MMA. We are competitors in a GLOBAL sport who’s names rank from all corners of the globe and whose profession is found in almost every country in the world. People around the world put food on their tables with this “art” but also inspire, encourage, build, and bring positive action to many, many viewers.
Lastly, what we do is arguably the oldest profession in the world (I think it’s really a chicken or egg argument on this and the usually accepted) and while it may not have the civil, often upper class air to it that your art does, it is not devoid of talent, skill, training or schooling. It was around long before what you may consider “the arts” to be and would remain even if those arts were disappear.
Nicely delivered Mr. Barnett. Do you think we’ll ever get Hollywood liberals to “tap out?” Probably not.