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.
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
— #PFLEverett (@ProFightLeague) January 9, 2017